A football match in Brazil was abandoned after the referee issued Nine red cards following a brutal fight between players of the two teams – Vitoria FC and Bahia FC.
One of the teams was reduced to just six players with the seventh red card of the game.
Vitoria and Bahia hail from the same region of Brazil, near to Salvador, and any fixture between the pair is considered a local derby.
And the match ironically labelled ‘Ba-Vi’ of peace, to promote a peaceful climate on and off the field, ended in disgrace.
The seventh red card of the game, and Vitoria’s fifth, concluded the match well before full time, with Bahia also having two men sent for early baths.
Bahia also had two players sent off from their substitutes bench, making a total of nine players given their marching orders.
With the game tightly poised at 1-0 to Vitoria, Bahia’s midfielder Vinicius equalised from the penalty spot in the 50th minute to draw the game level.
A fight then broke out between both teams when Vitoria took offence to scorer Vinicius’ dance celebration.
In reaction to the melee, the referee then proceeded to hand out red cards to seven players, and a further two later on, before eventually calling an end to the tie due to the contravention of the laws of the game.
The official FIFA laws state: “Although a match may not start if either team consists of fewer than seven players, the minimum number of players in a team required for a match to continue is left to the discretion of member associations.
“However, it is the opinion of the International FA Board that a match should not continue if there are fewer than seven players in either team.
“In such cases, the referee must not allow the match to resume after the ball has gone out of play if a team does not have the minimum number of seven players.”
Bahia have been retrospectively awarded a 3-0 victory.