RIO DE JANEIRO - A middle-aged Fluminense
fan died of a heart attack on Wednesday after spending hours
with hundreds of people queuing for a ticket in the hope of
seeing their team crowned Brazilian champions this weekend.
Flu are at home to relegated Guarani at the Enganhao in
Rio on the last day of the season on Sunday looking to lift
their second national title since 1984.
The 52-year-old man suffered a heart attack during the
morning as he stood in line in baking sunshine at Fluminense's
headquarters and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital,
the club's health office said.
Other fans also had a bad time in the sun and some gave up
after hours of waiting.
"I've had enough, it's clear I'm not going to make it. I
spent the night here, I wanted to be absolutely sure (of a
ticket), but I'm not okay. We're not clowns to be treated in
this way," complained 19-year-old Felipe Dias, speaking to the
Fans had been camping outside the club since Monday night
for one of the 45,000 tickets which were only put on sale on
Flu have been playing their home games at the Enganhao,
home of city rivals Botafogo, since the giant Maracana stadium
was closed for 2014 World Cup refurbishments earlier in the
Fluminense are a point ahead of Corinthians, who meet also
relegated Goias. Third-placed Cruzeiro are a point further
back going into their final match against mid-table Palmeiras.
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