Flamengo's Santos attacked by fans after team's 4-0 loss

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Andre Santos, a defender with struggling Brazilian top flight side Flamengo, was attacked by fans following Sunday's 4-0 thrashing by Internacional in what his club called a "cowardly" act.


The loss left the once proud Rio side bottom of the table after a run of just one win in 11 games.


The fans lay in wait for Santos, who played for English Premier League side Arsenal from 2011-13, after the game in Porto Alegre and kicked and punched him, he revealed, as the team prepared to fly back to Rio.


"I was kicked and punched. I was on my own save for a security guard. The police arrived straight away and helped me a lot but I received a lot of blows before I could get into the coach," he told Globo.


The club issued a statement condemning the incident, which came five months after fans invaded training facilities of Sao Paulo side Corinthians and attacked players after a loss to Santos.


Rio side Botafogo also saw angry fans descend on a recent training session.


"There have been various such cases in our country but we have to take them seriously. Yesterday it happened to me -- but it could happen to anybody," said Santos.


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