Thursday, May 15, 2014

Brazilian soccer fans celebrate goal with automatic weapons (VIDEO)

With the World Cup less than a month away, Brazil is once again asked to explain another episode of soccer-related violence after heavy gunfire broke out at an amateur game near Rio de Janeiro.

Fans cheering a penalty kick goal are drowned out by the sound of automatic weapons fired by five gunmen in a video reportedly taken on May 4 in the town of Bangu. The shooters — some wearing Brazilian national team jerseys — spray rounds in the air for 35 seconds during the semifinals of the "Vila Aliança Football Cup," Brazilian newsite Extra reported.

The guns - AK-47s, AR-15s and FN FALs — are the weapons of choice for Brazil's deadly drug gangs who also have strong ties to local soccer clubs.

The team that scores the goal in the video — Vila Aliança Clube — is reportedly owned by Rafael Alves, considered the biggest drug dealer in Bangu and currently on the run from the law.

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