Soccer Referee Beheaded After Stabbing Player

A Brazilian soccer referee was tortured and beheaded after fatally stabbing a player.

A Brazilian soccer referee was tortured and beheaded after fatally stabbing a player.

ESPN (“Referee beheaded after killing player“):

An amateur football match in Brazil led to two deaths as a referee was beheaded by spectators after he had stabbed a player.

The shocking incidents occurred in Maranhao, Brazil, last Sunday. According to reports, referee Otavio Jordao da Silva fatally stabbed footballer Josenir dos Santos Abreu.

Dos Santos Abreu is believed to have struck the referee after questioning a decision. In retaliation, Jordao da Silva stabbed the player.

Having witnessed the incident, an outraged group of spectators turned on the referee. He was tied up, beaten, stoned and quartered. They then put his head on a stake and planted it in the middle of the pitch.

And they say American football is a violent sport.

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Comments

  1. Not even involving a Barry Switzer team…

  2. rudderpedals says:

    Working the refs^2

  3. ernieyeball says:

    It’s not like I expect much but this is one of those events that supports my notion that there is just no hope for the Humans…

  4. Andre Kenji says:

    Lynchings are pretty common in Brazil, specially in rural areas in the Northeast and in the poor suburbs of the major cities. It´s not rare for someone to try to rob a bus just to be lynched by the passengers. Some weeks ago, a gang tried to rob a bar, and one of the thieves was lynched by the patrons.

  5. PJ says:

    They then put his head on a stake and planted it in the middle of the pitch.

    This proves that they were nothing but violent thugs and really didn’t care about soccer.
    If they did, they would instead have used the head for a shootout to decide the winner of the game. Now, no one will ever know which team actually won the game.
    And that after all, is the biggest crime here.

  6. Tillman says:

    Soccer hooligans have nothing on these guys.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    And they say American football is a violent sport.

    It is. It’s American Football fans (outside of Texas high schools) that don’t hold a candle to Brazilian football fans.