At the same time thatÂ Paraguay and Venezuela were kicking lumps out of each at the Copa America, a second brawl threatened to spill over in the Brazilian top flight.
Palmeiras drew 0-0 with Flamengo, but the match descended intoÂ chaosÂ after the hosts’ centre-forward Kleber refused to adhere to fair-play convention following an injury to aÂ Flamengo defender.
The incident started when Marcos Assuncao flattenedÂ Flamengo defenderÂ Wellinton during an aerial collision. Although no foul was called at first instance, after seeingÂ Angelim roll around on the floor in supposed agony the referee called a halt to the play.
Medics arrived on the pitch to tend toÂ Wellinton, however Kleber clearly felt that theÂ Flamengo man was faking.Â Accordingly, after the refÂ restarted the match with a drop-ball, Kleber, rather than kicking the ball toÂ Flamengo, opted to try and score a goal.
In fairness to Kleber, theÂ Palmeiras man had a point that his side were being unfairly punished by the stoppage in the play. Not only were his team stopped cold midway through a promising attack, but now they were being asked to relinquish possession too.
Nevertheless, theÂ Flamengo team reacted angrily to Kleber’s behaviour. Although the forward missed the target with is shot,Â immediatelyÂ the teams turned on each other as bad blood between the sides boiled over.