Brazilian police say a group of fans upset with Palmeiras' poor results attacked one of its players outside the team's stadium.

Police say fans of one of the team's organized fan groups punched and kicked reserve midfielder Joao Vitor after he was recognized arriving at the team's official store outside the Palestra Italia stadium on Tuesday.

Joao Vitor sustained minor injuries and had to visit hospital briefly.

Palmeiras lawyer Andre Sica told local television that fans confronted Joao Vitor over the team's results and the verbal altercation escalated into a physical confrontation.

Eight-time Brazilian champion Palmeiras is ninth in the 20-team Brazilian league table.