Brazilian Soccer Ref Who Stabbed Player to Death During Game Is Beheaded by Fans
After soccer referee Otavio Jordao da Silva stabbed a football player to death in the middle of heated match in Maranhao, Brazil, last weekend, spectators stormed the pitch, chopped off da Silva’s head and placed it on a spike in the middle of the field, according to reports in Brazil.
Apparently the player, 30-year-old Josenir dos Santos Abreu, was unhappy with a call da Silva, 20, made during a match played on June 30. Da Silva, who was carrying a knife, fatally stabbed the player in retaliation. Santos Abreu was taken to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
Spectators then sought revenge on the referee. They tied up da Silva, beat and stoned him and then quartered his body. His head was chopped off and put on a stake.
Video footage taken by a witness on a cell phone is currently being reviewed by investigators.
Police arrested Luis Moraes de Souza, 27, in connection with the murder. De Souza admitted to assaulting da Silva, but he denies he killed the man. Two more suspects are being sought in the crime.
"One crime never justifies another crime," said investigator Valter Costa, the regional delegate of Santa Ines. "Actions likes this do not collaborate with the legality of state law.”