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Fans kill and quarter football referee in Brazil

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:13 p.m. HST, Jul 07, 2013

SAO PAULO >> Police say enraged spectators invaded a football field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body after he stabbed a player to death.

The Public Safety Department of the state of Maranhao says in a statement that it all started when referee Otavio da Silva expelled player Josenir Abreu from a game last weekend. The two got into a fist fight, then Silva took out a knife and stabbed Abreu, who died on his way to the hospital.

The statement issued this week says Abreu's friends and relatives immediately "rushed into the field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body."

Local news media say the spectators also decapitated Silva and stuck his head on a stake in the middle of the field.

Police have arrested one suspect.

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st1d wrote:
the spirit of the 2016 olympics??? not sure how they will safely host visiting teams and fans with all the protests going on. and now this.
on July 6,2013 | 04:01PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Hunger Games!
on July 6,2013 | 04:22PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Police have arrested one suspect.

At a soccer match with thousands in attendance, the cops get one suspect.

on July 6,2013 | 04:23PM
st1d wrote:
this wasn't an organized league, more like a neighborhood park game. but wouldn't you think this incident would have generated more press coverage than a few a.p. lines that are used verbatim as source for all other news agencies?

makes me question whether this is a hoax. even the utube video is unclear.

on July 7,2013 | 06:06PM
cojef wrote:
Stone age mentality reside in some of us that disputes must still be settled by brutual actons. Guess the jungle is not too far from the cities and in some measue influences their primitive brains, if you could call it that. More like the lack thereof.
on July 6,2013 | 04:32PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Stop athletics...whatever happened to that old poem they used to teach us old dogies, play up play up and play the game.
on July 6,2013 | 06:25PM
Skyler wrote:
Barbaric, to say the least... vigilante justice.
on July 6,2013 | 06:33PM
primowarrior wrote:
Other animals don't do this to each other. Just plain crazy.
on July 6,2013 | 06:38PM
nyewarrior wrote:
What have you been watching? Every animal show I've seen has the males fighting and killing for mating rights, territorial rights and the like. Stop watching so much Sesame street and Barney. The world isn't as you imagine it to be, it is what it is.
on July 7,2013 | 04:18AM
bender wrote:
Man has supposedly risen above the feral state, they call it civilization. Not so sure about that.
on July 7,2013 | 10:34AM
ryan02 wrote:
Where did they get the stones, spike, and implement to cut his head off? Did the family bring those items into the stadium "just in case" they needed them later? Seems suspicious to me, almost like they "knew" an incident would occur. Barbaric indeed.
on July 6,2013 | 08:07PM
eros_et_logia wrote:
Its Brazil. What did you expect?
on July 6,2013 | 09:50PM
patk wrote:
No one ever defends the refs. Fans are stoopid.
on July 6,2013 | 10:41PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
on July 6,2013 | 11:13PM
hikine wrote:
Yuck, guts and blood everywhere! Who's gonna clean the mess up?!?
on July 7,2013 | 12:35AM
sailfish1 wrote:
They have any security at these games? Better watch out during the Olympics.
on July 7,2013 | 01:37AM
ceria wrote:
Civilation is regressing! Barbaric!!
on July 7,2013 | 05:46AM
sayer wrote:
I agree - disgusting.
on July 7,2013 | 06:49AM
sluggah wrote:
Probably a local match, not a pro game, but it certainly casts doubt over safety for the World Cup and Olympics. Ref got punched and died as a result in Utah, recently, too. Not as heinous as beheading, though.
on July 7,2013 | 07:55AM
COlohe1 wrote:
depends on your perspective. both died, doesn't matter how.
on July 7,2013 | 08:01AM
bender wrote:
Quartering the body takes it up a notch or two.
on July 7,2013 | 10:36AM
poipoo wrote:
Whoa, no joke!
on July 7,2013 | 12:43PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
In what quarter did he get quartered?
on July 7,2013 | 02:47PM
wobegone wrote:
Man will always be physical aggressive, until we alter our carbon-based DNA. We rape the environment; kill those who don’t agree--even the one cell ameba wanted more terror-ity. Can we live free of aggression, answer is no, and can man declare a just system that deals with all aggressive spirit in a fair acceptable manner shared by all others, the answer is no. So accept our DNA oriented makeup and love all, forgive, and keep life simple. Read the 2nd law of thermodynamics--"time increases more chaos.
on July 7,2013 | 04:47PM
st1d wrote:
is this a real story? or a hoax?

looked around and no other news covers this other than repeating the ap feed. you'd think that a gruesome event like this would be a lead story in news and sports. can't tell from youtube if the photos are real, and in this day and age of the ubiquitous phone cam there you'd expect more than one source of photos/video.

on July 7,2013 | 06:02PM