Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Ten dead after fire breaks out in dorm for young football players

Ten dead after fire breaks out in dorm for young football players

Globo TV broadcast aerial footage of the fire, which it said had been brought under control after it burned for two hours. "This is the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years". "There is no register of a new request for a license to use the area as a dormitory".

"While Rio police sometimes kill people in legitimate self-defense, research from Human Rights Watch and other groups shows that many killings are, in reality, extrajudicial executions", the report said.

Like many professional clubs in soccer-crazed Brazil, Flamengo has a youth development program for promising young players in their early teens.

The cause of the fire is now unknown.

Several of the club's best-known young talents trained there, including midfielder Lucas Paqueta, who made his debut for AC Milan in January, and Vinicius Junior, who joined Real Madrid a year ago. Many players, particularly those who live outside of Rio de Janeiro, stay at the facilities while training.

After years of financial difficulties, Flamengo last year spent £4.7million to expand the Ninho do Urubu facilities.

As at the time this report came out, the identities of the people staying at the building that got burnt has not been known, but local media claimed it is used by younger players of the club.

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"What sad News! Praying for everyone!"

Fans of Brazilian football club Flamengo gather to lay flowers at the entrance of the club's training center after a deadly fire in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 8 February 2019.

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella ordered three days of mourning, and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro issued a statement lamenting the fire had taken "the young lives at the beginning of pursuing their professional dreams". Let us pray for all! "May God bless each one's family!" "May the Black and red nation have the strength and faith to overcome this moment".

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Brazilian and Everton summer signing Richarlison revealed how he nearly quit football when he was young before hitting his breakthrough.

Associated Press writers Mauricio Savarese in Madrid and Diane Jeantet in Rio de Janeiro contributed.

Officials postponed Saturday's two semifinals of the Guanabara Cup, one of which was between Flamengo and Fluminense at the famous Maracana stadium, host of the 2014 World Cup final.

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