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Police say Brazil coach Scolari's nephew killed in car crash, 2 days before World Cup opener

Police say the 48-year-old nephew of Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been killed in a car accident just two days before the team's World Cup opener.

Highway police in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul said businessman Tarcisio Joao Schneider, the son of one of Scolari's sisters, died in a crash Tuesday morning.

Officer Carlos Borges told The Associated Press that the car Schneider was driving collided head-on with a truck on the opposite lane.

The Brazilian football federation was yet to confirm the information. It wasn't clear whether Scolari would leave the team's training camp outside Rio de Janeiro to travel back home.

Brazil plays Croatia in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

Last month, Scolari left the training camp to attend the funeral of one of his brothers-in-law.