Brazilian derby abandoned after NINE men get sent off

Nine men sent off as Vitoria vs Bahia Brazilian derby is abandoned

Vitoria's actions cost them a victory in the end, as Bahia is expected to be awarded a forfeit victory over its rival.

Six yellow cards were handed out in a scrappy first half, during which Denilson's goal saw home side Vitoria enter half-time with a 1-0 lead.

Following a penalty for Vitoria which Vinicius ill-heartedly made a decision to celebrate by insulting the opposition fans Bahia goalkeeper Fernando Miguel went to have a word with his rival which then led to a mass brawl with punches being thrown all around.

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Vitoria were down to nine and Bahia eight when a player from each team was sent off as violence spread to the stands.

The referee also showed red cards to Bahia's Lucas Fonseca, Edson and Rodrigo Becao.

The match was delayed for 16 minutes while order was restored.

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Bahia and Vitoria took it to the next level on Sunday in a state cup match in Brazil.

This sparked a mass brawl that ended with seven players being dismissed, including two Bahia substitutes.

Vitoria goalkeeper Fernando Miguel did not like the celebrations and went after Vinicius to complain.

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The minimum requirement for a team to have on the field is seven players, leading to the referee to call off the game 11 minutes early.

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