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Brazil tribunal keeps Fluminense in 1st division
Brazilian sports tribunal upholds decision that keeps Fluminense in 1st division
Associated Press
2013-12-27 11:42 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's sports tribunal has upheld the decision that allows Fluminense to remain in the Brazilian league's first division despite being relegated on the field.

The tribunal rejected an appeal by Portuguesa, which had lost four points for using a suspended player in the tournament's final round.

Without the points, Portuguesa drops below Fluminense in the 20-team standings and has to replace the traditional Rio de Janeiro club in the second division next year. The ordeal further tarnishes the image of football in Brazil, which recently made headlines for fan violence and the deaths of workers at World Cup stadiums.

Fluminense, a four-time national champion, had become the first defending champion to be relegated in the Brazilian league.

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