Soccer, Sports

Brazilian Soccer Fans Stone Referee To Death

Things got medieval at a soccer game in Sao Paulo last week.  After expelling Josenir Abreu and getting into a fight with him, referee Otavio da Silva stabbed the player with a knife.  The player’s friends and family then rushed the field and stoned da Silva to death and quartered his body.  To take it a step further, the referee was decapitated and his head posted on a stick in the middle of the field.

Referee Otavio da Silva.

Referee Otavio da Silva.

Yahoo! Sport for UK and Ireland reported:

One man, Luiz Moraes de Souza, 27, has been arrested over the incident. He has admitted to assaulting the referee but denied killing the man. Police are searching for two more suspects.

They are currently viewing video footage of the incident filmed by a witness with a mobile phone.

In a statement, the regional delegate of Santa Ines, Valter Costa, who is looking after the case, said: “One crime never justifies another crime. Actions likes this do not collaborate with the legality of state law.”

Brazil is set to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

[Yahoo.com]