This is the shocking moment a football fan received a beating so savage police wrongly believed he had been killed.
Fans clashed ahead of the Brazilian Serie A game between Corinthians and Coritiba, when coaches transporting supporters to the stadium in Parana took a wrong turn.
Corinthians fans were ambushed by Coritiba hooligans, who blocked the road and pelted the bus with stones and sticks at about 8.30am on June 18.
Fans clashed ahead of the Brazilian Serie A game between Corinthians and Coritiba, when coaches transporting supporters to the game took a wrong turn
A disturbing video shows Corinthians fan Jonathan Jose Gomes Souza da Silva being dragged out of the coach and set upon by a group of thugs.
As the coach sped off, Mr Da Silva was left on the floor near the Couto Pereira stadium.
The graphic footage shows different men taking turns to kick him and stamp on his head.
So brutal was the attack that some Coritiba fans started to hold others back.
One man even stood over the victim and protected him from further assaults.
Initially it was thought that the beating had cost Mr Da Silva his life and police spokesman Clovis Galvao even reported that he had died as a result of the injuries.
Corinthians fans were ambushed by Coritiba hooligans, who blocked the road and peltedthem with stones and sticks
A disturbing video shows Corinthians fan Jonathan Jose Gomes Souza da Silva being set upon by a group of thugs
However it has since been reported that he is still alive but remains in a serious condition with brain trauma in hio.
Four men were arrested in connection with the attacks, while six fans ended up in hospital.
Police later said the clashes between the rival groups of ultras were arranged beforehand and that three bus loads of Corinthians fans had turned up early with the sole intention of fighting.
Finally a Coritiba fan stepped in, standing astride the victim, protecting him from further assaults
‘They were mean-spirited,’ said police Lieutenant Colonel Wagner Lucio dos Santos.
‘We made contact with Corinthians’ organised fans before the match, as is customary.
‘However, this group met and came earlier. They wanted to get in the way of opposing fans.’
Coritiba reacted to the ugly scenes by releasing a statement condemning the violence.
It said: ‘Today is a very sad day for football lovers. We regret what happened and hope all of those who were involved in the fight will be punished.’
A further video shows fans running riot in the streets