RIO DE JANEIRO - A match in the stadium
where Netherlands will meet Brazil next month was held up for 20
minutes when a beehive was discovered on one of the crossbars
and ended in a free-for-all among players and rival fans.
The Goiania state championship semi-final between Vila Nova
and Goias at the Serra Dourada on Sunday was held up after half
an hour when hundreds of bees gathered at the top corner of the
goal being kept by Pedro Henrique of Goias.
The fire brigade was called in and they used an extinguisher
and a flaming torch to get rid of the bees with play resuming 20
minutes later even though not all the bees had gone.
Following a 2-2 draw that sent Goias through to the final, a
Vila Nova player kicked Rafael Toloi as he celebrated the
victory, sparking a running battle among the rival teams on
their way to the dressing rooms.
Television footage showed players exchanging punches and
kicks and fans throwing seats from the stands onto the pitch
which they invaded to join in the fighting.
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