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  • 4 May 2014, 8:03

Brazilian Fan Killed By Flying Toilet Bowl

A football fan in Brazil has been killed after he was struck on the head by a toilet bowl hurled from a stadium in the World Cup host city of Recife.

The man died on Friday night after a large fight erupted following a match between Santa Cruz and Parana at the Arruda Stadium, across town from a brand new World Cup venue.

A police officer at the scene said fans inside the stadium ripped out three toilets from a lavatory and threw them from the stands at rivals on the streets below.

He said one hit and instantly killed the fan.

Brazil's Tribunal for Sporting Justice has opened an investigation and ruled the stadium be closed pending its outcome.

The death comes six weeks before Brazil hosts the World Cup.

Recife has built a new stadium, the Pernambuco Arena, for four World Cup matches in June and July on the northeastern city's outskirts.

The country is scrambling to get ready to host the tournament but preparations have been marred by delays, costs and several fatal accidents.

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has told fans to be optimistic that Brazil's hosting of the event will be a success, despite growing concerns over security and public unrest.

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