Santos is considered one of the top clubs in Brazil and among 3 teams that have never been relegated before, and has already played for him a number of Brazilian football legends, most notably Pele and Neymar da Silva.
Santos settled in seventeenth place in the Brazilian league table, with 43 points, collected from 38 games, after achieving only 11 victories, receiving 17 defeats and drawing 10 games.
After the Fortaleza match, Santos fans did not accept the reality, storming the pitch and chasing the players, who rushed to the locker rooms under the protection of security personnel.
Not only did the fans attack the players, but the riots spread outside the walls of the Villa Palmiro stadium, setting fire to a number of players' cars and the team's bus.
For its part, the British newspaper The Sun reported that the Santos players did not hold themselves back after the end of the match and broke down in tears, which is the same for the fans in the stands.
Only Flamengo and São Paulo have not been relegated to the Brazilian second division in the history of the tournament so far.