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Brazilian Soccer Fan Killed By Toilet Bowl Thrown From Stadium Stands

CORITIBA, BRAZIL - APRIL 26: Fans of Coritiba during the match between Coritiba and Santos for the Brazilian Series A 2014 at Couto Pereira stadium on April 26, 2014 in Coritiba, Brazil. (Photo by Heuler Andrey/Getty Images)

CORITIBA, BRAZIL - APRIL 26: Fans of Coritiba during the match between Coritiba and Santos for the Brazilian Series A 2014 at Couto Pereira stadium on April 26, 2014 in Coritiba, Brazil. (Photo by Heuler Andrey/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

Police say a soccer fan was killed when he was struck in the head by a toilet bowl hurled from stadium stands as supporters of rival clubs clashed in northeastern Brazil.

A police officer in the city of Recife said Saturday that the clash occurred Friday night at the Arruda stadium after a match between Santa Cruz and Paraná. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The officer said fans ripped three toilet bowls out of stadium restrooms and threw them from the stands. He said one hit and instantly killed a fan he identified as Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva.

The incident comes six weeks before Brazil hosts the World Cup. Four tournament games are scheduled in Recife, but in a different stadium.

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