Brazilian goalkeeper hit by fans who invaded changing room before match in Rio championship


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RIO DE JANEIRO — Fans of Brazilian club Flamengo invaded the changing room of an opposing team before a match in the Rio de Janeiro state championship on Saturday, injuring a player and reportedly stealing boots and other items.

Macae goalkeeper Ricardo Berna sustained a cut on his chin in the confrontation with Flamengo fans in Macae. He said dozens of fans entered his team's changing room while players were getting ready for the game.

Police said fans got past security and sneaked in through a gate that was not closed properly.

Berna, who used to play for Flamengo rival Fluminense, said Macae only went ahead with the game "in respect to most of the fans who came out to the stadium." He also called for "severe punishment to those responsible" for the invasion.

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