Brazil: Great At Football, Not So Great At Celebrating.By: The Offside | June 3rd, 2009
For the second time in as many months, a Brazilian celebration went all kinds of wrong – and this time it resulted in serious injuries.
Last month Corinthians won the Sao Paulo state championship and, upon receiving their trophy and hoisting it along with a player and two suits in the club into the air in a bucket, they decided it’d be a smart idea to fire flammable paper into fireworks displays. Fire ensued (after the jump) and, luckily, everyone walked away unscathed. Not exactly brilliant planning or supervision, a worrying trend which is repeating itself.
Fast forward and we’re still in Sao Paolo, where Sertaozinho FC were relegated from one smallish Brazilian step of the ladder to another. So a party was thrown with a bus which looks like it would’ve been unsafe to carry Pele around in his prime hired out to carry the players. And with that bus appearing past its prime, too many people climbed aboard and it did the predictable, falling over on its side and dumping its passengers harshly onto the ground. 29 people – many reportedly players – were injured, though fortunately there were no fatalities.
Maybe it’s time the Brazilian government’s arm of national safety created a cabinet to deal exclusively with football celebrations.
The Corinthians mishap: