Internacional taunt Gremio with fake COFFINS, sparking 22-man brawl

Internacional taunt Gremio by holding up fake COFFINS in their rival’s colours to mock their imminent relegation… before the Brazilian sides launch into a furious 22-man brawl after the match

  • Internacional beat fierce rivals Gremio 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a Taison goal 
  • The two sides, based in Porto Alegre, contest the passionate ‘Gre-nal’ derby 
  • Home players held up Gremio-coloured coffins to mock their likely relegation
  • That sparked a furious 22-man brawl on the pitch involving both sets of players
  • Inter’s Patrick Nascimento and Gremio’s Bruno Cortez were sent off as a result

Internacional and Gremio have launched into a furious 22-man brawl after players held up fake coffins in Gremio colours to mock their impending relegation.

The Brazilian sides faced off at the Beira-Rio stadium on Saturday, with former Shakhtar Donetsk star Taison scoring the only goal of the game to hand hosts Internacional a narrow victory.

But the real action was saved for after the final whistle, when Inter players waved cardboard coffins daubed with Gremio’s traditional blue and black stripes to taunt their fierce local rivals.

Internacional and Gremio were involved in a furious brawl after the home side taunted Gremio

Inter supporters held up fake coffins in Gremio colours to mock their imminent relegation

Players also paraded the cardboard coffins on the pitch after the match on Saturday – won 1-0 by Internacional thanks to a goal from former Shakhtar star Taison – to taunt their local rivals

Both sides are based in Porto Alegre, capital of the southern state of Rio Grande de Sul, contest the ‘Gre-Nal’ derby, one of the most antagonistic and competitive in Brazil, if not South America.

And following the provocation, the entire Gremio squad raced onto the pitch to confront their rivals in front of the baying, chanting home crowd.

Numerous players clashed as stewards and coaches desperately tried to separate them, to little effect.

Gremio’s Bruno Cortez (centre) and Inter’s Patrick Nascimento were sent off after the match

The sides, both based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande de Sul, contest the fierce ‘Gre-Nal’ derby

As the officials tried to regain control, Gremio defender Bruno Cortez and then Internacional midfielder Patrick Nascimento were shown red cards.

Nascimento appeared to be one of the chief provocateurs and was targeted by the Gremio players, with Cortez clearly emotionally affected by the taunts. 

Gremio currently lie 19th, second bottom, in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A table – the top tier in Brazil – with 26 points from their 29 games, and are likely to be relegated into the second division. 

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