Brazilian clubs given mammoth bans for stadium violence

Following bloody and violent scenes in Joinville earlier in December, Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama have been given 12- and eight-game bans, respectively
Violent clashes between Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama fans on the final day of the Brasileirao season have seen the clubs handed huge penalties.

Atletico PR received a 12-game stadium ban and Vasco were given eight games, meaning that they will have to play these games away from home, with half of them played behind closed doors, which will take effect from the start of the next campaign, a tribunal at the Brazil's Superior Court of Sports Justice ruled on Friday.

Atletico PR were also fined R$120,000 [£31,600] while Vasco have been punished to the tune of R$80,000 [£21,100].

Both clubs say that they will appeal the verdict and a new trial has been set for December 27.

Hundreds of fans were involved in violent and bloody scenes in Joinville, which left four people injured and a man airlifted to hospital, forcing the game to be suspended for 70 minutes. It has raised concerns over fans' safety, with the World Cup only six months away.

Atletico PR were aiming for Copa Libertadores qualification while Vasco were attempting to avoid relegation.

The hosts, who were playing in temporary facilities while their own stadium is refurbished for the World Cup, won 5-1 once the game was eventually restarted, consigning the visitors to relegation.

Vasco attempted to have the match annulled because the delay was over maximum stoppage time of 60 minutes but a tribunal ruled on Thursday that the result stands, meaning that the club are set to play second-division football next season.

The tribunal also found that the referee and local federations were not to blame for the violence.