Soccer Ref Beheaded After Stabbing Player

Fans mount his head on spike in middle of pitch

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 6, 2013 2:51 PM CDT

(Newser) – A referee at an amateur soccer match in Brazil allegedly stabbed and killed a player after an on-field disagreement last weekend. That isn't the most gruesome thing that happened during the game that day. In retaliation, fans reportedly lynched the ref—20-year-old Otavio Jordao da Silva—beating, stoning, quartering, and decapitating him. They then mounted his head on a spike in the middle of the pitch, reports Eurosport. So far, one man has been arrested over the incident. He admits to attacking the ref, but denies killing him.

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