A football fan has been killed after being hit by a toilet bowl during violent clashes between rival supporters in Brazil.

Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva was struck by the flying object during a match between Santa Cruz and Parana at Arruda stadium in Recife on Friday evening.

Police were called to Gate Six of the stadium after the final whistle to reports of violent clashes between fans of the two teams.

A number of fans were seen vandalising parts of the stadium and throwing objects at each other, with one group of Parana fans managing to rip a toilet seat from the facilities and throw it off the stand onto Santa Cruz fans below, striking Gomes da Silva.

The clashes come six weeks before the city hosts matches in the upcoming World Cup, which is due to start on 12 June.

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