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Wednesday, 30 October, 2002, 11:04 GMT
Brazil fans plummet into pit
At least 30 people were injured in Brazil when a stadium railing collapsed, minutes before the kick-off of a championship football match.

Police at Guarani and Ponte Preta game
Police tried to push back rioting fans ahead of the game between first division rivals Guarani and Ponte Preta

Fans taunt police
Trouble had been expected between the fans at the stadium in Caminas, 55 miles (88km) from Sao Paulo

Fan throw stones
When the police intervened the fans started to throw stones

Police push fans back
Fans were squeezed into an area at the bottom of the stadium

Barrier gives way
Then a fence gave way, pitching fans down a four metre (13ft) drop into a pit dividing the field from the pitch

Empty stand
Many stadiums are in bad shape because the clubs do not have the money to maintain them




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"Fans were squeezed into an area at the bottom of the stadium"
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