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Decapitated Referee: Soccer Ref Beheaded in Brazil

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A soccer match in Brazil has ended badly.

Long story short: A referee flags a player; player gets ticked off and fights the referee; the referee breaks out a knife and stabs the player in self-defense; the player dies; the fans storm the field, decapitate the referee, and stake his head at mid-field.

Short story long: In the Brazilian state of Maranhao, an unlucky football referee, Otavio da Silva, expelled otherwise well-behaved player Josenir Abreu. The two began to fight, and da Silva pulled out a knife (soccer refs pack knives in Brazil, I guess) and stabbed Abreu. Abreu died on his way to the hospital.

After the stabbing, fans stormed the field and stoned da Silva to death (again, because Brazilian soccer fields are littered with stones), then those fans removed da Silva’s head and staked it at midfield (once again, because they have stakes available for head-staking in Brazilian footie matches).

This occurrence is unwelcome publicity for a nation that is gearing up to host the next World Cup and the next summer Olympic Games.

Brazil is getting ready to host the 2014 World Cup for soccer and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Rio has already faced heavy criticism in light of its longstanding crime problems. While the country has made attempts to cope with the drug issues in its favelas, it has also had logistical problems with the construction of new facilities for the events, as well as maintenance of existing facilities. The country has faced substantial troubles in recent weeks as protesters have taken to the streets to oppose the expenditures related to the upcoming World Cup events.

Police have arrested a 27-year-old man in conjunction with the beheading and are investigating the incident further.

Decapitated Referee: Soccer Ref Beheaded in Brazil
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  • Erin

    Only one arrest??? Sounds like the Brazilian police are really committed to bringing these thugs to justice! Can’t wait to see how horrible the next World Cup will be in such a violent and dirty place!!!

  • ron

    And this is the country that is hosting the World Cup? I think this will thin out the foreign visitors.

  • Natalia

    Holy crap!! Wtf is wrong with people???

  • Kelli

    Props to this writer. Wow! It was humorous and he can even write. I don’t know that I’ve seen that before in a web-based sports article.

    As for Olympics…err, someone may want to re-think that. Can you imagine how many knives and stakes would be needed to keep it competitive?

  • Brett

    Sounds just like Chicago. Well written article, btw.

  • Some dude that saw this on yahoo trending

    Hahah I like how there was a “long story short” and “short story long” versions.. Much props to the writer.. I like your style, I wish more authors of articles like this did the same thing! Lol… Actually, if there are any upcoming writers who cover stories like this… Please follow David Powell’s example.. Have a great day my man!

  • David Bell

    This is no place for Olypincts to take place. Everyone on that field should be put to death. Who cast the first stone!!! If our country don’t get a grip we are heading to be the same. Signed USA American

  • Ailotrit

    So… What I want to know is did anybody help the player who got stabbed immediately? Or did they all just go after the referee while the player bled?…

  • amy

    macho male imbeciles

  • Bob

    Pipe the shit down everyone! This story is confirmed fake! Nice fable though! Beware! Not everything “published” is truth.

  • e g boone

    and I thought the Italians were passionate about their football, but this is total insanity. it’s a game fellows, a game, not a death match.

  • BL

    R U SERIOUS DUDE?!!! OMG this is horrible…people need to take a chill pill in general and respect Human life, even if they are pissed about something. ANYONE involved with this horrific crime should be punished to the full extent of the Law…but no matter what, it won’t bring back either of those men, who are now being missed/grieved over by friends and family.

  • janet

    The referee was wrong for stabbing someone to death. But what they did to him is even more horrifying. How can anyone do such a thing to another human being?? I’ll let God be the judge. The world just keeps getting worse and worse. I don’t find humor in all this at all. It makes me sad that human life is a joke to so many.

    • http://webpronews.com j

      Well if you knife someone to death, and you die via beheading, would it be better if you just got a knife in the heart? Dead is dead. Having said that, Brazil does not deserve anything and move the Olympics to a place where refs don’t kill and get killed.

  • http://yahoo will

    This shit is fake!!! I just watched the “so called”video and its a man still alive with his head still on his body and STILL alive while at the hospital

    • http://yahoo will

      And YES the man in the video had severed limbs!!!

    • NoeooeR

      If you watched the video, you say a dismembered corpse. If you think he was alive; you need to go back to school…..biology? perhaps?

    • NoelleR

      C’mon…….in the first few seconds they move the head to the center of the shoulders……….it was severed.

  • eggy

    I just went poo poo in my diaper !! change me !!

  • tom jones

    You people have no sense of what is real, this intenet is the biggest load of crap, writers can write anything. wake up fokes I haven’t heard sqwate for any radio or TV news carrying this. BS just like the internet.

    • Devan

      Tom Jones, if you’re going to insult a group of people or any person for that matter, you might want to learn how to spell and use proper grammar first. Otherwise you just make yourself look like a clown and in turn nobody gives a shit what you have to say. You think the news you get off TV or radio is any more truthful than reputable internet news sites and you say everyone else needs to wake up? It’s 2013, the internet exists, get over it. You just have to learn how to separate the truth from the b/s by learning what sites to get your information from. For every legit website there are 500 bad sites. Just like for every legit TV news channel there are about 15 b/s ones. Seeing as there are tens of thousands of websites with information and only about 10-15 news channels that report nationwide it’s really not much different. Saying that writers can write anything but not acknowledging that reporters can report anything just the same is pretty one sided and hypocritical.

    • Romeo

      U r a dick can’t even spell right

      • Bryan

        *You *are a dick *that can’t even spell *correctly*.

        You’re welcome.

    • Romeo

      U r a dick can’t even spell right

    • Jack

      Your on the internet idiot.

    • Jons

      tom jones is probably Portuguese speaker. Portugal. like Spain is one of the early European nations that colonized Latin America and left behind legacy of lawlessness and disorganization. Modern Brazil now belongs to an economics grouping that is made up of Brazil, Russian, China and India. Grouping’s notorieties include rampant corruption, lawlessness and boorish populace.

    • Reid

      No one is reporting on it probably because who the hell cares what a bunch of Brazilians do ?? As long as they stay in Brazil so what ?

  • tobey james

    Soccer fans take this stupid game seriously!

    • Natalia

      It’s better than your American shitty sports. You Americans take that (and McDonalds) seriously. It looks like all of your American football coaches or whatever are pedophiles, too.

  • Renee

    Maniacs…

  • Nat Rydberg

    Ahhhh, life in 3rd world countries………..

    They have imbeciles by the tens of millions … and they are murderous.

    • http://yahoo Inga

      Yep, they do that to Americans too in the Philippines. The
      Abu Sayaff terrorist beheads their kidnapped Americans & put
      their head on fences for everyone to see.
      Also, I just read in their news that this guy who was the
      friendliest & generous guy gone crazy & in broad daylight
      started shooting anyone on the street. He shot 3 kids because
      their dad wasn’t home when he knocked on their door. He killed
      21 people & the cops killed him. No one got a clue why he did it.

  • http://YAHOO ALOISIOUS

    DAMN! ALL THIS OVER A SPORT THAT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  • http://yahoo marinella

    Yes, Grass hopper it is true it did happen. The Latino men when drunk act in a Monster act. As a latin women I seen this and they cannot be stopped that how stupid some of them are. They have the MOB MENTALITY, That even the police is useless and they are useless they run and hide.

  • henry

    Third World behavior. Keep it there…

  • Aneriucho

    The reporting on this incident has been across-the-board irresponsible due to ignorance. That’s because no one who is writing about this understands what he or she is talking about. The stories leave the impression that this occurred in a major league soccer game and represents that sport in Brasil. This occurred in a small village in the state of Maranhão…it wasn’t a professional game, and the player who was killed was a postman. Suggesting all Brasilians are savages due to this incident would be like saying all Americans are savages because of a murder here. Grisly? Yes. But the referee who was killed knifed this player and the player’s loved ones took revenge. This wasn’t about soccer. I have attended not only professional soccer games in Brasil but also club events. I have never witnessed violence in a stadium or on the streets after a game.

    • henry

      Does NOT matter! You do not behave like an uncivilized thing in 2013. EVOLVE!

      • Irmtraud

        It does not matter if it is in a small village or big city. This is outrageous and we should not have the World Cup in that country.

    • Mikey O’

      Dude, they put the mailman/referee’s HEAD on an effing Stake in the middle of the field. This is like roman gladatorial or medievel times in a tiny village. What are you NOT seeing that the rest of us are?

    • mar

      You must understand, this is reality. Not one thing is interpreted the same way in other places. Since the beginning of time, people love and hate, care and killing of lives, peace and war, all these take place in homes, in communities, countries, and all over. We strive to have a peaceful planet, yes that’s all we can do strive. Nothing can stop killing. It is sad to realize.

    • nrh0155

      Yes this is more of exaggeration Brazil is a Christian country where human life is respected

    • john smith

      I don’t give a flying rat’s @zz what town this happened in. it’s 2013 “AD”, not “BC”… these morons need to start behaving like evolved human. not cavemen. all these fvcktards do is dress like sluts, play soccer, and riot over every little 6od d@mned thing. oh yeah, and did I forget to mention, dress like bimbos?

      • Arthur Brown

        You sound civilized.

    • mindyourbusiness

      What’s your point, Aneriucho? You sound as if you are from that same little town. What’s justifiable in this incident?

    • Jamal

      I guess you’re forgetting the part where he stabbed a player to death…

    • karen

      then you’re either at the wrong games or just not looking, cuz I’ve seen it and I’ve never even been close to a European game!

  • Aneriucho

    This story is a very poor job, as Mr. Powell doesn’t understand anything about Brasilian soccer, with all due respect. This occurred in a small village in the state of Maranhão and was not a professional game. The player who was knifed by the referee was a 31-year-old postal worker. Trying to imply that Brasil has issues for the World Cup due to this happening would be like saying the Superbowl is in danger due to an incident at a nearby men’s semi-pro softball game. I am an American who has been to many professional games in Brasil, and I’ve even participated in a professional club’s events. I’ve never seen any violence inside the team’s stadium or on the streets after.

    If you can read Portuguese – and you should be able to if you are going to get a balanced view of this story – read this from Globo:
    http://oglobo.globo.com/pais/partida-de-futebol-no-maranhao-acaba-com-atleta-morto-juiz-esquartejado-suspeito-preso-8918115

  • megh

    There is absolutely no excuse for what they did to this man!! SAVAGES and BARBARIANS with mob mentality .Pathetic how some human beings are still neanderthals .Will not be spending my money in this country

  • Mike

    The North will remember!

    • Jrdanny

      Game of thrones reference?

  • IfYouSeeKay

    Seems like a waste… I mean once they decapitated the Ref, it should have been a free kick with his head no?

    • bandit_55757

      They should have put it on the penalty spot and scored.

      • Sylvia

        I cant believe you would joke about this. You’re disgusting…not one bit better that those demons in Brazil.

    • your worst nightmare

      what has this world come too, how dare you fkin joke about that, inconsiderate piece of sht
      one day your going to eat your words my friend;]

  • jeff

    Aloisious got it right ” all this over a sport that sucks” watch a game for 2 hours for between 1 and, wait for it.
    maybe 3 points, maybe 1 to nothing, maybe a tie game how exciting to watch a bunch of monkey`s in girls knee socks on a field that looks (2) twice the size of a football field. would`nt it be more fun if say it were played on a field, say twice the size of a hockey rink.
    what a whoosy sport.

    • AnnMarie

      Oh the soccer players turned monkeys…you racist piece of %#^€!

      • Mark

        How is monkey racist? If soccer players and monkeys somehow hits a nerve in you, well I’d be careful when calling someone else a racist.

  • joe

    I would like to participate on the next beaheading

    • Bryan

      Since you did not mention which end of the beheading you’d like to be on…sure, your choice I guess…

  • http://webpronews.com jl

    ref kills with a knife. Gets killed with a knife. Lost his head too. Maybe Olympics should be held in a place where neither event happens. Or, just keep them out.

  • IT’S MILEY!

    ……..I still feel guilty for stealing some Jolly Ranchers at a 7-11 a year ago but,……….I…..I don’t know man…..that’s a conscious that has cease to be .

  • john smith

    I sincerely hope the next Al Qaeda “attack” is in brazil. fvck those losers! sorry a/s/s piecese of sh!t. what the fvck is wrong with those worthless Brazilians? get a life. stop acting like such trash.you inhuman loathesome creatures! I really wish there was a vengeful god (or any any god for that matter), just so he/she/it would annihilate soccer players and their pathetic fans!

  • surfcitysocal

    Good God Almighty. All this over a sport. There’s something wrong here, people. Something more than just overzealous fans. Brazil, you just put your country’s reputation and the sport of soccer in the crapper.

  • ron

    Well is it really any different than NFL players getting death threats for mistakes in important games? I have never seen a crowd storm a football field for a bad call or seen anything like what happened in Brazil but I wonder about the people who make death threats against a player who does not make that important play. I have a friend who broke a chair apart when a player on his fav football team failed to catch a pass. I told him to take a tranquiler and to calm down. Some people just get too emotional about games. I get emotional too but usually just yell at the tv set.

  • Brady Carson

    Lots of comments about Brazilians. Like it never happens in the u.s. 25 years ago I was chased at knife point into a consession stand by a mob of parents after up holding a rule ( not a judgement call) for the second time ending a “T” ball game. We need a cataclismic world wide event that would kill 2/3rds of us and start over.

  • Sylvia

    Unbelievable…what’s happened to humanity?

  • james baker

    Sounds as though they take football seriously.

    • karen

      if you’re going to say anything smart, shut up

  • mindyourbusiness

    Holly God! There are more barbaric nations in this 21st century than are barbaric tribes in Africa. Are you kidding me??? I would never send a team to the next World Cup in Brazil; this country should be evaluated for conduct and comportment before naming it the next World Cup site , no matter how much they invest/engage in this sport. This is abhorring!

  • What…the…F**k!!

    No, Seriously…WTF!! This some BS… Once again third world countries ESPECIALLY Brazil has proved to the world they are insane.

    First: Ref stabbing a player… or in general carrying a knife at all is downright stupid.

    Second: Beheading said Ref for his injustice act in a low league game is downright horrifying.

    Lastly: ALL that over a game that sucks all sorts of ass…. I swear soccer and its fans are a bunch of Sparkling Gay Barbaric Vampires.
    Note*** Barbaric and Sparkling are completely optional but Gay Vampires is not!!!***

  • karen

    I cannot believe it, I am in shock. These are GAMES people, just games. Of course everyone likes to win, but to kill and maim and act like animals is just outrageous. There should be no entry allowed into the Olympics from countries that have behavior like this, or any other kind of human rights attrocities. They are not part of the civilized world.
    Games were invented to see who is best, not bring out the worst! A serious competition, not a deadly one!

    • Natalia

      In Ancient Rome the Colosseum was used for games where people killed other people to see who was the best. It was a serious, deadly competition. Your argument is invalid.

      • MsDeMeanor

        This isn’t ancient Rome. Your argument is invalid

  • karen

    HACK DOWN A FEW MORE STEROIDS AND LETS GO PLAY A FRIENDLY GAME MATE!!!!

  • King Joe

    this sounds JUST like OBAMA culture: lies, spies, drones, promotion of baby murders, a wife who hates America, savage animal behavior: giving Mexico guns to MURDER AMERICANS & ORDERING the deaths of OUR military, Hitler mentality, no soul, no values, no morals,gay & illegal, no decent upbringing! Yep-head staking will fit nicely into his resume above!!

    • King Joe is a Moron

      You…and all people like you….with your Faux News mentality, who find a way to twist every damn #@$%&*^ story into something about Obama…are sick. Truly disturbed and sick. If this country is screwed up, it’s because of people like you. Not because of whose in office.

      • Mark

        Oh my. Faux News! How original. King Joe is no different than the MSNBC mentality crowd who used to do the same thing with Bush and news stories that had nothing to do with him. No difference whatsoever.

    • Moses

      You are mentally retarded.

    • sam

      That has got to be one of the most unbelievably stupid things I have ever read. This is not even remotely related to president Obama. It happened in Brazil. Being this stupid should be a crime

      • http://yahoo Inga

        @King Joe, you’re a nut.

      • http://yahoo Inga

        @King Joe, you’re a nut.

    • Tim

      you are a f… idiot. you are either a stupid republican or a tea party ingrate. people like you should leave this country if you don’t like it so much.

      • tony

        Go kill an infant you liberal moron.

        • spookym

          Yay! Infant killing!

      • Chellee

        Tim,
        Yes Joe makes no sense whatsoever; however, please refrain from calling Republican’s stupid. I am Republican and I do think our President sucks; however, not because he is Democrat. I do not believe in murder (of any sort, which Democrats do believe in killing an innocent child….which is stupid). Soooooo…..call Joe an idiot and stupid all you want, but not all Republican’s are stupid. I don’t agree with either party on all issues….being Demo or Rep doesn’t make a person who they are! As for this whole article….all the ones in Brazil that participated in either of the killings….shame on them. They are horrible people! The ref was wrong to stab the player; however, the crowd had no right to do such a horrible inhumane thing to the ref….should’ve been up to a judge or jury! All around though…very sad story!

        • Jimmy Radwell

          Was the ref wrong for stabbing someone who attacked him? He doesn’t have a right to protect himself?
          Coming from a self confessed Republican in the US where huge numbers of people carry pistols for self protection, I find that a little odd.

          I suppose he should have just let the guy kick the crap out of him?

          I do agree that not all Republicans are stupid. But there are an awful lot of stupid Republicans.

          • Mark

            Yeah, all democrats are brilliant.

    • Jonathan Dow

      How bad do you need the attention that your going to Obama troll a story about a Brazilian soccer game?

    • Gonzo

      What the *%$K are you talking about? Obama has nothing to do with this story. I’d call you an idiot, but that would be an insult to idiots. I don’t think they have made up a word that would accurately describe you.

    • Paul

      Seems to me King Joe, that you haven’t looked in the mirror lately. THis kind of act has little to do with the prez. It has more to do with haters like you. Better go look in the mirror. You just might look hard enuf to realize you look a lot like avguy named HITLER.

      What a twewisted dork you are. Is your real name KARL ROVE?

    • MsDeMeanor

      Why don’t you go troll your ignorant zealousness elsewhere

    • Aaron

      Get a grip Mr shittypants. You sound like a child.

    • Harry

      That is one of the most pathetic posts I have ever seen. we are talking about an inhumane act by some barbaric people. They should be compared to Hitler, maybe. JERK times 1million

    • AnnMarie

      @King Joe, WTF! You had to put the President in this? How about you pick a history book ,an elementary level will do in your case, and read that there is NO connection between this President and Hilter! Stop letting other people think for you, you lemming!

      • Mark

        And to all the comparisons of President Bush to Hitler, you say…?

    • King Joe licks Obama’s wankus

      Obvious troll is obvious.

  • tim stevens

    this behavior is exactly why Chicago didn’t get the games and now look

  • Anne

    Yes, this was an inhumane atrocity, but I am shocked by some of the callous remarks being made in these posts! The bottom line is two people are dead, and several lost their humanity on that field that day. However, I do not know if cancelling future events we are to take part in is the answer. Do you punishing the many for the acts of a few? If that is the case, the after the massacre in the movie theater in Colorado, we should closed down all the theaters. And sadly, schools would have been shut down years ago!

    • Lynette Henrikson

      You can’t compare apples to oranges. In the case of the theater and school shootings, there was one person with psychological problems acting alone. Simply not the case at this soccer game.

  • Nick

    How does one prepare themselves to go a sporting event with the
    attitude, that is the Officiating is something less then good. They
    are going to loop of his head, Put it on a Stake, and throw rocks
    at it. I mean after all he did was kill a player.

    Remind me should I ever go that part of the world. Play chess and
    do not take in a soccer game.

  • rick

    Who the F beheads someone?? Did they use his knife? What kind of animal takes the time to cut off someone’s head with a knife? One post said these people lost their humanity that day. I don’t think they had it at all! I mean really, who cuts off a guy’s head with a knife? He stabbed a player, that is bad enough and makes him a vicious criminal, but what kind of people do this? Sorry, but this country is barbaric and shouldn’t be allowed to host a tea party, nevermind The World Cup!! Where did they get the pike they put his head on? What about the rocks? Do these people actually plan this crap and bring this stuff with them? One more reason I love America. Say what you want about us, we have our problems, but it’s not a barbaric country like most. This would never happen here. A riot maybe, but a beheading?? Not likely!

    • Cory

      ‘Cause we Americans are too squeamish.

      • Anne

        Corence, it has nothing to do with squeamishness. People who lose control behave even lower than animals.
        It has little to do with football and more to do with a culture that promotes violence and crime.

    • http://eumaiseu jose nogueira

      well why don’t you guys think about going into a secluded area of a poor neighborhood where that are plenty people around and hurt one of them or kill one of them and stick around then your friends can tell what happened to you the days after

    • eby

      Brazilians should dispense justice in a more civilized manner…Predator Drone

    • http://yahoo zukka

      man, do you have a lot to learn about American history–(to Rick)

    • deluxxe

      Wow really Rick? Americans don’t behead, they just shoot holes in innocent people in high schools and movie theaters. There are barbaric people in all Countries, including America, but that doesn’t make the entire Country evil does it? You need to learn a bit more about your Country’s history! Wow.

      • Anne

        The theatre shooting is not a common happening in the US.
        Shootings in schools are not a common happening either. The media as usual seeks sensationalism. Every nation has it’s violent incidences. Would it be fair to say that Brazil is the kidnapping capitol of the world? Or that Central America is full of bad people?

    • Daphne

      Brazil is now off my bucket list!

    • Elizabeth

      “A barbaric country like most”? I am from the United States and proud to be an American; I love my country. However, to generally state that most other countries are barbaric isn’t fair. Many countries around the world are just as “free” as the United States, with justice systems, passionate people, laws to protect its citizens, etc. I lived abroad for over 2 years, and have been a witness to this. Countries have their positives and negatives, and to say (most) other countries are barbaric is an ignorant statement. In my opinion, the ridiculous number of school shootings in the states is not only tremendously sad, but just as horrible as some of the things you hear about “those other countries” and then proceed to assume the whole country as evil or “below” the United States. Should we assume the whole of America shoots innocent children? School shootings have happened far more times (to my knowledge!) than beheading at a soccer match. I am not trying deem beheadings or school shootings as less evil or more evil than the other; they are separate, horrible occurrences: my point is that it is unfair and ignorant to think the United States is the best at everything and everyone else sucks.

  • Bill

    Soccer brings out the worst in people – it should be banned. Mostly because soccer is boring.

    • Cory

      But they wear such cute little outfits..!

    • judy

      Baseball and pushing and shoving football is BOOOORING!!!!

      • Natalia

        Aw look at the few mad Americans disliking that. xD

    • Natalia

      You can’t just “ban” a sport. Let’s take away your little American “football.” All sports can bring out a person’s team spirit or whatever. Let’s just ban all sports then. No. All American sports are boring, so if any sports get banned, it better be your “sports.”

    • LA

      Dear Bill:

      I have been a soccer coach all my life (i’m 54), I was born in Argentina and lived in Italy as a child. I can tell you two things: Soccer is not boring whatsoever. Believe me I’ve lived in Boston for over 25 years. Also, we don’t believe in violence any more or less than hockey and football fans. When you’re evil and ignorant, you do a lot of crazy things.

    • Anne

      Do yourself a favour and don’t watch if you don’t like it.

  • Terry

    That’s one hell of a half time show….

  • http://hughjohn62@yahoo.com johnny whiteboy

    how could a country with such beautiful women be full of such idiots ??? you suck brazil..plus it’s soccer..sissy football

    • Anne

      You call it Soccer but it is the original football and it is far from being sissy. In ”soccer” No one wears shoulder pads or helmets.

      • Kris

        Anne, seriously?? When was the last time you saw a 6’3″, 240 pound “soccer” player run as fast as he can and tackle another “soccer” player??? IT’S NOT ALLOWED…NO COMPARISON!! Soccer is gay!!

        • Guest

          I am soccer player and it is not a sissy sport. American Football is a great sport and it really brings America together in a good way but in no way is soccer a sissy sport. I have seen a player have his face literally broken from another player trying to get to the ball first. It was a 2 year injury and the player will never play again. There wasn’t even a foul on the play because its allowed in soccer as long as both players are running at each other. Football is a more aggressive sport but you have pads we don’t. Next time you want to judge soccer players go to a local game and not just your TV to watch the pros who pretend they are hurt every play.

  • Rich Yags

    Ok lets look at this once more. Are You F**ki*g kidding me. WTF . Its a sports event, its suppose to be fun. Not Amityville, Horror. Soccer is now off my list.

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