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Fan declared brain dead after violence in Brazil

By The Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian soccer fan has been declared brain dead, the second casualty from a confrontation involving nearly 500 fans from rival groups last weekend.

The Sao Camilo hospital said Tuesday the 19-year-old Palmeiras fan remains on a ventilator but will not recover from the head injuries from Sunday’s fighting. His name was not immediately released.

On Sunday, 21-year-old Palmeiras fan Andre Alves died after being shot in the head. Two other fans remain hospitalized, a 17-year-old with head injuries and a 23-year-old who was shot in the hip and needed surgery.

The fight renewed concerns over escalating fan violence in Brazil. The fan groups were banned from stadiums.

2012-03-27 16:44:04 GMT

NJ man faces trial for attack on NY fans in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A man accused of beating two New York Rangers fans in a brawl after the NHL Winter Classic in Philadelphia will be tried on assault charges.

A judge ordered 32-year-old Glassboro, N.J., resident Dennis Veteri to stand trial following a preliminary hearing on Thursday in Philadelphia.

The fight occurred outside a cheesesteak stand after the Jan. 2 game between the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( reports the victims testified Veteri was in a group of Flyers fans who taunted and assaulted them as they waited for sandwiches.

One victim was an off-duty policeman from Woodbridge, N.J. He was beaten unconscious.

Veteri’s attorney has said the case is a fistfight that’s being blown out of proportion.

The Winter Classic drew 47,000 fans to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. The Rangers beat the Flyers 3-2.

Fight at the Opera

Fistfight breaks out at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

CHICAGO (AP) — It was an unusual backdrop for a fistfight: Maestro Riccardo Muti was nearly through the second movement of Brahms Symphony No. 2 at the normally staid Chicago Symphony Orchestra when two patrons went at it.

Concert-goers at Orchestra Hall were all the more stunned Thursday because the two men were fighting in one of the boxes where the well-to-do normally sit in decorous self-restraint.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday ( ) that the ruckus began when a man in his 30s started punching a 67-year-old man in one of the boxes.

“We heard a rather loud thump,” said Steve Robinson, general manager of Chicago’s classical and folk music station 98.7 WFMT, who was at the performance but didn’t see the fracas. “It wasn’t so loud that everyone jumped up and ran for the exits.”

Police said the fight was the result of an argument over seats. The older man had a cut on his forehead; the other left before officers arrived.

All the while, the concert went on. Though patrons said Music Director Muti gave the two men a sharp, irritated look — one person called it “dagger eyes” — before continuing on with the third movement.

“Mind you, he never stopped conducting,” Robinson said. “He very gracefully, without missing a beat — literally — he brought (the second movement) to a very quiet and subdued close, while still looking over his left shoulder.”

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