4 May 2014

Fan killed by toilet in Brazi

11:47 am on 4 May 2014

A Brazilian fan died after being struck by a toilet bowl hurled in clashes after a football game in a World Cup host city, just 40 days before Brazil stages the event.

Santa Cruz, based in the northeastern coastal city of Recife, had drawn with visiting Parana when violence erupted outside the grounds.

Fans clashed upon leaving the Arruda stadium, across town from a brand new World Cup venue.

Some ripped out toilet bowls and threw them at fans congregated below, fatally injuring one, according to local police.

Police named the dead man as Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva.

Local television said Da Silva had become embroiled in a quarrel with organised groups of opposing fans following a match that drew about 8,000 supporters.