May 5, 2014 8:23 pm

Soccer fan in Brazil killed after toilet thrown from stands

View of the sand sculpture "Brazil Word Cup Fifa 2014" in Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on May 2, 2014.


TORONTO – A 26-year-old man is dead after someone threw a toilet from the stands at a soccer match in northeastern Brazil.

The incident happened last Friday at Arruda Stadium in Recife after a game between rival clubs Santa Cruz and Parana.

Police say fans ripped three toilets out of the stadium restrooms and threw them from the stands at the people below.

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The man, identified as Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva, was hit directly in the head by one and killed instantly.

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The person who threw the toilet has not been caught yet.

As punishment, home team Santa Cruz has been ordered to play their next two games in an empty stadium.

All Santa Cruz fan groups are also suspended from attending games anywhere in Brazil until the person who threw the toilet is caught.

Brazil is host to the World Cup this year, which runs from June 12 to July 13.

Four tournament games will be played in Recife.

-With files from The Associated Press

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