Brazilian match abandoned after brawl and nine red cards

A Brazilian state football championship match had to be abandoned after a mass brawl led to nine red cards. (Shutterstock)
Updated 20 February 2018
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Brazilian match abandoned after brawl and nine red cards

RIO DE JANEIRO: A Brazilian state football championship match had to be abandoned after a mass brawl led to nine red cards — and there could be more punishments coming, authorities said on Monday.
Bahia and Vitoria clashed on Sunday in the Bahia state championship, in the north-east of Brazil, when mayhem erupted.
The spark came after Bahia equalized three minutes into the second half and goalscorer Vinicius celebrated with a vulgar gesture that simulated sex. In response, Vitoria goalkeeper Fernando Miguel confronted Vinicius, causing a ruckus.
Seven players were sent off for their part in the brawl, while two more players were sent off later in the match, after which the referee abandoned the game with 11 minutes still to play as Vitoria had only six players left on the pitch.
Football rules state that games cannot continue unless both teams have at least seven players — it means Bahia will likely be awarded a 3-0 victory.
“The attitude of our goalkeeper was provocative and triggered the fight,” admitted Vitoria’s president, Ricardo David, on Sport TV.
“From there on it was general. There were no saints. Everyone is guilty and they deserve to be punished.”
That may now happen. The Bahia Football Federation said on Monday it would act “within the limits” of its authority and send a report to the state court to see what disciplinary measures might be taken.


Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

Updated 22 September 2018
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Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

  • Rihanna's home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism
  • The singer has scored 14 number-one singles on the US Billboard chart

NEW YORK: Rihanna is now Ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said that Rihanna — real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty — has been conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
While the singer will not be formally accredited to another country, Mottley said that Rihanna — whose more colorful songs include “Bitch Better Have My Money” — would be in charge of bringing investment as well as encouraging education and tourism.
“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility,” Rihanna said in a statement dated Thursday.
Rihanna, 30, grew up in a troubled home in Barbados and was propelled to fame after visiting US producer Evan Rogers recognized her talents.
The singer, who since achieving stardom has lived primarily in Los Angeles and New York, has scored 14 number-one singles on the US Billboard chart, more than any artist except The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.