Wave of fan violence hits Brazil just weeks into new season

FILE - In this March 22, 2009, file photo, police approach Santos soccer fans to break up a fight with fans from the opposing team, the Corinthians, at a Sao Paulo state championship soccer game in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil is dealing with another wave of fan violence just weeks into the new 2015 football season, exposing the continued failure of club officials and local authorities to eradicate the decades-long problem. This year it didn’t take long for Brazilian football to start making headlines for the wrong reasons _ a 16-year-old boy was shot to death after a match. A goalkeeper was injured by fans of Brazil’s most popular club. Supporters of one of the nation’s most successful teams were ambushed inside a subway station. A confrontation between fan groups and police turned supporters away from a game in one of the nation’s most modern venues. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)SAO PAULO (AP) — Riot police, rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun bombs.