Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Red mist. Match abandoned as nine players sent off in Brazilian derby

Red mist. Match abandoned as nine players sent off in Brazilian derby

However, Vitoria's goalkeeper Fernando Miguel was none-too-impressed with Vinícius' celebrations, and within seconds there were fists flying all over the place.

Incredibly, the game was allowed to continue after the fight but when two more Vitoria players were sent off later on, the officials had no option but to abandon the game.

It all started when a Vitorian player incited the home crowd after scoring from a penalty.

Football rules state that games can not continue unless both teams have at least seven players - it means Bahia are likely to be awarded a 3-0 victory.

Three red cards were shown to Vitoria players, and five to Bahia players, three of whom were substitutes.

Five Vitoria players and four from Bahia were sent off during the feisty encounter, which also featured eight yellows.

Carnage and confusion reigned in Brazil on Sunday night, when Vitoria hosted rivals Bahia at the Estádio Manoel Barradas.

With 11 minutes remaining, Vitoria defender Bruno Bispo kicked the ball away and forced the referee into awarding him his second yellow and the match-ending red.

The match had been billed as "The derby of peace", as it was the first time in six games that supporters from both sides were allowed in the venue.

According to the rules, Bahia are expected to be declared winners by a 3-0 score.

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