The Corinthians squad has made an extraordinary threat to strike and said they need more protection from angry supporters.
Brazilian free-kick maestro Juninho Pernambucano has ended a glittering 20-year career by retiring from football.
Brazil's leading clubs are enjoying bumper revenues but are failing to address crippling debts and cannot pay players on time.
Domestic football in World Cup host nation Brazil faces a turbulent year with hooliganism and a possible players' strike.
Two teams whose fans fought on the terraces last weekend have been ordered to play 20 games away from their own cities.
The Brazilian tradition of the concentracao - shielding teams from temptations such as sex and alcohol - is under threat.
Jack Lang reports on another week when Brazilian football hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Shocking violence in the Brazilian championship this weekend is not an indication of what can be expected next year, say FIFA.
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