The son of one of the most influential members of the Super Dragões cheerleading team is the main suspect in the death of a man during the celebrations of the national champion of FC Porto, PÚBLICO has learned. The father is another of the suspects identified by the authorities in the scenes of violence. Father and son, 19, are now in an uncertain location with authorities trying to locate them.
Igor Silva, 26, was fatally stabbed in the early hours of Sunday outside the Estádio do Dragão. The incident happened at 3 a.m., when the party between the team and the fans was coming to an end.
Besides the fatal victim, a 28-year-old woman was also stabbed after being taken to hospital. Igor Silva’s partner was released from hospital on Sunday.
The victim and the alleged attackers have already been fired by authorities due to prior violent behavior on the night of Greater Porto. According to information collected by PÚBLICO, there are no footballing disputes or other issues related to FC Porto’s main supporters behind the incident. Twenty people are part of the two groups involved in these riots.
Broke a referee’s nose during a district game
This isn’t the first time the prime suspect’s father has drawn attention for the worst reasons. In April 2017, he kneed a referee in the nose during the 2010 match between Canelas and Rio Tinto.
The episode happened in the first minutes of the game: after seeing the direct red card for attacking an opponent, the member of the Super Dragons also attacked the referee, being escorted off the field by the police.
The referee was taken to hospital and the game was called off. The violence of the attack was such that the judge had to perform corrective nose surgery and would eventually receive, after a court decision, compensation of 3,600 euros.
The Porto supporter was given an 11-month suspended prison sentence and banned from entering sports venues during the same period. The Super Dragons member is a regular fixture on the south bench at the Estádio do Dragão, often alongside frontman Fernando Madureira during Porto players’ matches. Also this Saturday, he was present at the Estádio da Luz during the title match, being in the front row of the safe set up by the Porto players.
In 2014, he was also arrested for assaulting a PSP agent during a FC Porto match at the Estádio da Luz.
News updated at 7:47 p.m. Following the PUBLIC Style Book, it wasthe nickname by which one of the fans is referred to is removed.