Sports

Relegated team wants to annul match marked by fan violence in Brazil

An injured fan is carried on a stretcher after clashes with team fans during a Brazilian league soccer match between Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama in Joinville, southern Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. A key Brazilian league match was stopped Sunday after fans started fighting in the stands and a helicopter had to land on the pitch to airlift a seriously injured man. A doctor said two other fans were hospitalized in serious condition and one was treated for a minor injury at the stadium. (AP Photo/Carlos Moraes, Agencia O Dia)

An injured fan is carried on a stretcher after clashes with team fans during a Brazilian league soccer match between Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama in Joinville, southern Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. A key Brazilian league match was stopped Sunday after fans started fighting in the stands and a helicopter had to land on the pitch to airlift a seriously injured man. A doctor said two other fans were hospitalized in serious condition and one was treated for a minor injury at the stadium. (AP Photo/Carlos Moraes, Agencia O Dia)  (The Associated Press)

The Brazilian soccer team relegated in the match stopped by fan violence says it will ask the country's sports tribunal to annul the result.

Four-time Brazilian champion Vasco da Gama says it deserves the three points for the game because it wasn't safe to keep playing after the brawl in the stands. If Vasco is awarded the points, it would be enough to avoid its second relegation in five years.

Vasco needed a victory last weekend but lost 5-1.

Club officials say the referee did not follow regulations when he waited 73 minutes to restart the game. Rules say the maximum time is 60 minutes.

Vasco director Ercolino de Luca says the referee made a mistake, and "we are allowed to go after our rights."