SAO PAULO (TheBlaze/AP) — Police say enraged spectators invaded a soccer field, stoned the referee to death, and quartered his body after he fatally stabbed a player.
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. The two got into a fist fight, then da Silva took out a knife and stabbed Abreu, who died on his way to the hospital.
The statement 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.
The incident occurred last Sunday, according to Deadspin, and reports have surfaced today.
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They reportedly tied up the referee, beat him, stoned him, lynched him, and then quartered him. When they finished, they cut off his head and placed it on a stake in the center of the field.
So far, just one man, 27-year-old Luis Moraes Souza, has been arrested for the crime, and authorities are searching for two more. Valter Costa, the chief of police in Maranhão’s town of Santa Ines, spoke in a statement. “Reports of witnesses have indicated some people that were in place at the time of the fact,” he said. “We will identify and hold accountable all those involved. A crime will never justify another. Actions like this do not collaborate with the legality of a state law.”
If you must, here is a link to a video showing da Silva’s body, decapitated and all, after he was killed. But, we’re warning you, it’s extremely gruesome.