Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva was killed Friday when a thrown toilet bowl landed on him.
Gomes da Silva was walking outside of the Arruda Stadium in Recife after a Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B (Brazilian second division) game between host Santa Cruz and visiting Parana.
Fans ripped three toilet bowls out of the stadium bathrooms and threw them from the stands onto the street during clashes between rival groups of fans, according to the Associated Press. One struck Gomes da Silva, killing him instantly.
Recife, a city in northeastern Brazil, is one of the host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, Recife won’t stage World Cup games at the Arruda Stadium. Five of them, including USA-Germany on June 26, will take place at the newly contructed Arena Pernambuco.
The CBF, Brazil’s national soccer federation, “preventively” closed the Arruda stadium following Gomes da Silva’s death while authorities are investigating the incident.
Watch a Portuguese-language report of the incident below.
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