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
Soccer Ref Beheaded After Stabbing Player

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. (Read more Brazil stories.)

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