Eight years after the unfortunate event that took place at Estádio do Arruda, belonging to Santa Cruz, where a fan threw a toilet bowl that ended up killing another fan, the Pernambuco State Court ruled that Santa Cruz and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) pay million-dollar compensation to the family of Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva, who died as a result of the trauma caused by the thrown object.
The case was reported this week by judge Fernando Martins, at the TJPE, alongside judges who make up the 6th CIVIL CHAMBER of the Court of Justice of the State of Pernambuco. CBF and Santa Cruz can appeal the decision if they decide to file an embargo with the STJ.
The man who flushed the toilet was identified and arrested. At the time, he stated that he committed the act thinking that the fan hit had previously hit him during a fight between the Santa Cruz and Sport fans.
Santa Cruz fails in the Brazilian Serie D
Santa Cruz competed in the Brasileirão Serie A in 2016, with athletes like Léo Moura, Grafite and Keno in its squad. However, Tricolor do Arruda went into decline again, and reached Serie D, where they were eliminated in the round of 16 this season by Tocantinópolis after tying the first leg at home by 0-0 and conceding a goal at 42 in the second stage. which gave the victory to the Tocantins club by 1 to 0.
Regarded as one of the great favorites for access, the Pernambuco club was already showing many technical deficiencies in the first phase of the competition. In fact, Tricolor do Arruda managed to rank 4th in Group A4, with 19 points, in a group that included ASA-AL, Lagarto-SE, Jacuipense-BA, Sergipe-SE, Juazeirense-BA, CSE-AL and Atlético-BA.
Now, it remains for Cobra Coral to try to access the next season.