Dad of the year: Thug carrying a young child storms onto the pitch to attack a player at Brazilian football match
- Attack came amid a mass brawl between Caxias and Internacional on Sunday
- The fan waded into the fray, all while carrying the young girl in his arms
A thug stormed onto a pitch to kick a player at the end of a dramatic Brazilian football match on Sunday – all while carrying a young child in his arms.
The brazen attack was captured by television cameras after a mass brawl broke out at the end of the contest between Internacional and Caxias.
Caxias, a team based in Caxias do Sul in southern Brazil, had just beaten Internacional, from Porto Alegre, on penalties – sparking the disgraceful scenes.
As the Caxias player put the ball past the goalkeeper and celebrated the winner by cupping his hands to his ears, the footage shows the Estadio Beira-Rio – Internacional’s home stadium – erupting in anger.
Internacional players and team staff can be seen chasing the Caxias players around the ground, cheered on by their baying home supporters, all while stewards meekly attempt to bring the escalating situation under control.
Pictured: This is the moment a thug stormed onto a pitch to kick a player at the end of a dramatic Brazilian football match on Sunday – all while carrying a young child in his arms
Pictured: The football fan is seen being dragged off the pitch by stewards while carrying a young girl in his arms, after kicking a player between the legs
Several clashes between the rival players and staff are seen breaking out across the pitch and the sidelines, with punches and kicks flying in from all directions.
A number of players from both teams are shown being taken to the ground.
As the cameras zoom in on one particular flash point, one fan is seen carrying a young girl – presumed to be his daughter – on to the pitch, wading into the fray with seemingly little consideration for the safety of the child.
As stewards attempt to hold him back, the Internacional fan walks up behind a Caxias player who is facing the other way.
The player is helping another who is seen clutching his face, his nose visibly wound having been struck in the mass brawl.
Suddenly, the furious thug kicks up powerfully between the other player’s legs.
Two teammates of the Caxias player rush in to defend him, but quickly realise that the man is carrying the young girl – and hesitate, seemingly out of confusion.
One of the players is seen trying to warn the other angry teammates about the young girl, and the trio are able to restrain themselves from going after the thug.
The footage cuts to another on-pitch camera, which zooms in on the man’s face.
With a furious look in his eyes, he is seen being dragged away by three stewards.
The young girl is visibly terrified as she is buffeted about, as the man is pulled away back towards the stands where he first appeared from.
As stewards attempt to hold him back, the Internacional fan walks up behind a Caxias player who was seen facing the other way. He then kicks up violently between the player’s legs
Pictured: Teammates of the player who was kicked are seen running in to defend him, only to realise that the attacker is carrying a young girl in his arms
Pictured: The young girl is visibly terrified as she is buffeted about, as the man is pulled away back towards the stands where he first appeared from
The mass brawl was an acrimonious end to the match that also saw a red card and finished 1-1, before going on to be decided by a penalty shootout.
The match was a fixture from the Campeonato Gaúcho, the state football league of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul – which is separate from Brazil’s Série A – the country’s top division which Internacional also compete in.
Last season, Internacional finished second in Série A – suggesting that Caxias were the underdogs in the hotly-contested fixture. Nevertheless, Caxias came out on top, and will be competing in the final of Campeonato Gaúcho next week.
The incident was not the first time a fan from Internacional has been involved in a violent incident. In February last year, a footballer from Gremio – a fierce rival to Internacional – has taken to hospital after being hit in the head by a rock.
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