A FOOTBALL fan has sickeningly lost his HAND after trying to light a flare in support of his team.
Around 50 diehard Athletico Paranaense supporters went to the airport to send their team off – with some waving flags and others cheering.
1 A football fan in Brazil lost his hand after a flare exploded in his hand
One fan even brought a flare – but as he went to light it, it explodes in his hand.
In the horrifying clip, his hand can be seen looking like something out of a horror film after the blast left it a mangled wreck.
The fan has been identified by locals as Wesley Pontes – well-known as a keen supporter of Athletico.
Pontes was amongst the 50-strong group of fans giving their stars a heroes' send-off ahead of the 2019 Copa do Brasil final second-leg against Internacional.
Athletico had won the first-leg 1-0 at home and travelled 500 miles south to the Porto Alegre region for the all-important away game.
I thought it was a bomb because of the noise it produced.
Eyewitness to the flare explosion
But before the team had even got off the bus at the airport – a loud bang was heard and one blood-spattered fan was left in shock as he looked down at his injured hand.
The man staggers around apparently not knowing what to do until a policeman performs a tourniquet to stop the bleeding until emergency services arrive.
Local journalist and eyewitness Juliano Lorenz Oscar said: “My first impression was that it was a bomb because of the noise it produced.”
The man can be seen staggering around – clearly too much in shock to know what to do.
Eventually, a policeman performs a tourniquet to stop the bleeding until emergency services arrive.
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Pontes was rushed to a nearby hospital but media report the remaining part of his left hand was amputated due to the injuries.
After the incident, Pontes was seen in a video saying: “Tomorrow I have another surgery and we are in the fight, guys. Just bring us the cup.”
Athletico Paranaense won the match 2-1 to be crowned champions following the 3-1 aggregate victory.