Teenage Fan Shot in Brazil Football Violence
    2013-02-17 09:02:07     Xinhua      Web Editor: Guo Jing
A teenage fan of Brazilian top-flight club Nautico is fighting for his life after being shot during a confrontation between rival supporters on Saturday.
A teenage fan of Brazilian top-flight club Nautico is fighting for his life after being shot during a confrontation between rival supporters on Saturday.

The 17-year-old youth was taken to hospital in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife with a bullet wound in his neck, O Globo reported.

The incident occurred when fans of the city's biggest rivals - Nautico and Sport - clashed following Sport's 2-2 draw with Campinense. Nautico was due to play Central at a nearby stadium later in the evening.

"A man got off a bus which was carrying a group of Sport supporters and shot the guy in the back of the neck," Recife military police major Jorge Araujo said.

The victim was said to be alive when paramedics arrived at the scene but his condition was not revealed by staff at Agamenon Magalhaes hospital.

Shootouts among feuding football fans are a common occurrence in Brazil. In August last year Vasco de Gama fan Diego Martins was shot dead in Rio de Janeiro's northern suburbs following an altercation with supporters of rival club Flamengo.

Rio police made a series of arrests last November as part of a government-commissioned Fair Play probe designed to reduce fan violence ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup.
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