Footballers, Fans Engage in a Free-for-all Fight During Match (Photos)

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Violence erupted during a competitive football match after players and fans went all out in a free-for-all fight that got many injured.

Former Juventus and Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo punched an opposition player in the face following a Copa Libertadores game on Thursday. The incident occurred following the Group 5 match between Penarol and Brazil champions Palmeiras.

At half-time, the hosts were leading the encounter 2-0, but a superb second half comeback from the visitors saw them win 3-2.

Melo was then chased by several members of the opposition. Riot police were forced to intervene.

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Leading up to the clash, the Palmeiras midfielder had accused Penarol players of racist abuse and warned he would not back down when they met.

In the stands, fans from both sides clashed – with as many as 30 arrested. 18 police officers were injured throughout the course of the night.

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