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Portugal investigates police beating of man and father in front of children at soccer game

  • A young Benfica supporter waves his team flag as he celebrates with others after Benfica won the Portuguese league championship at the Marques Pombal square, in Lisbon, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Benfica clinched its 34th league title after a 0-0 draw against Vitoria Guimaraes with one round left to play. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    A young Benfica supporter waves his team flag as he celebrates with others after Benfica won the Portuguese league championship at the Marques Pombal square, in Lisbon, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Benfica clinched its 34th league title after a 0-0 draw against Vitoria Guimaraes with one round left to play. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

  • Benfica supporters light flares as they celebrate after Benfica won the Portuguese league championship at the Marques Pombal square, in Lisbon, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Benfica clinched its 34th league title after a 0-0 draw against Vitoria Guimaraes with one round left to play. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Benfica supporters light flares as they celebrate after Benfica won the Portuguese league championship at the Marques Pombal square, in Lisbon, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Benfica clinched its 34th league title after a 0-0 draw against Vitoria Guimaraes with one round left to play. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this May 17 2015 photo, a riot policeman holds a crying boy as his father is attacked by other policemen with batons, right, outside of a stadium, in Guimaraes, Portugal. Portuguese prosecutors are investigating a policeman who beat a man in front of his young children and punched their grandfather outside a soccer stadium, sparking a national scandal. Police approached Jose Magalhaes, his two sons and his father Sunday outside Guimaraes stadium, where Benfica had just won the Portuguese league title, according to film footage and witness reports. (AP Photo/Delfim Machado)

    In this May 17 2015 photo, a riot policeman holds a crying boy as his father is attacked by other policemen with batons, right, outside of a stadium, in Guimaraes, Portugal. Portuguese prosecutors are investigating a policeman who beat a man in front of his young children and punched their grandfather outside a soccer stadium, sparking a national scandal. Police approached Jose Magalhaes, his two sons and his father Sunday outside Guimaraes stadium, where Benfica had just won the Portuguese league title, according to film footage and witness reports. (AP Photo/Delfim Machado)  (The Associated Press)

Portuguese prosecutors are investigating the conduct of a policeman who beat a man in front of his young children and also punched their grandfather outside a soccer stadium, sparking a national scandal.

Police approached Jose Magalhaes outside the Guimaraes stadium where Benfica had just won the Portuguese league title on Sunday. Magalhaes said police had allowed him and his two sons, who were wearing Benfica jerseys, to leave the stadium before other fans because the children were being crushed.

Footage shows an officer questioning Magalhaes, then punching his elderly father before using a truncheon to beat Magalhaes, who was on the ground, while his 9-year-old child screams "Dad! Dad!"

The district prosecutor said in a statement late Tuesday that it has opened an investigation into alleged abuse of power.