Fan shot out­side Rio Olympic sta­dium

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Rio de Janeiro football club Botafogo has con­firmed the death of a fan who was shot out­side its sta­dium, the same venue used for ath­let­ics at the Olympics.

The club and po­lice iden­ti­fied the dead man as 28-year-old Diego Silva dos San­tos, who was shot on Sun­day as ri­val fans clashed be­fore the match be­tween Botafogo and Rio ri­val Fla­mengo. Fla­mengo won the match 2-1. Many po­lice in Rio are go­ing un­paid or be­ing paid late, with re­ports of crime soar­ing in a deeply di­vided city.

Con­fronta­tions be­tween ri­val fans are com­mon be­fore matches in Brazil, though deaths are rare.

LEO COR­REA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rio de Janeiro football club Botafogo has con­firmed the death of a fan who was shot out­side the club’s sta­dium, the same sta­dium used for track and field at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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