Death sparks fears of more fan violence in Brazil

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Authorities are concerned with escalating fan violence in Brazil and the death of a supporter in Sao Paulo over the weekend has sparked fears of a new wave of confrontations in South America's biggest city.

A 21-year-old Palmeiras supporter was killed after being shot in the head in a fight involving nearly 500 fans on Sunday, marking the second football-related death in Brazil in just over a week.

There hadn't been a death linked to fan fighting in Brazil since 2010.

There have been confrontations between rival fan groups nearly every week this year, and experts say the lack of severe punishment and proper police training are some of the reasons for the continuing violence. They say authorities need to take a more active role to try to solve the problem.