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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  • forus

    Let’s not condemn an entire country for the horrific behavior of some soccer game idiots. Anyone remotely involved in this mess should be prosecuted. Let’s judge Brazil on the way that it handles seeking justice against the lynch mob murders.

    • forus

      …end should read “lynch mob murderers”

  • Reggie

    They really take they’re soccer seriously in Brazil, dont they?

    • spookym

      Actually, I would take this as a sign that these particular fans DON’T take soccer seriously; there are more self-serving, violent concerns involved that have nothing to do with soccer.

  • http://yahoo D haupt

    Brazil, FIFA will need to pay officials $20000 US dollars a match to come to the world cup next year and the olympics the following year. No official in his/her right mind would now travel to this inbreeding gone amuck country. Tickets for FIFA world cup have just gone from $500per match to $1.50.

  • Danny

    The U. S. A. needs to cancel having the Olympics there and not ever go there.

    • bryan

      we don’t control where the olympics take place the IOC decides on everything to do with the olympics, and USA is just a country that participates in the games

      • Marty

        Without the USA in the Olympics, there would be very little TV money. So not participating would definitely cause a stir.

        • kos1985

          yeah..usa is the whole world..we will be mourning without usa

      • http://Yahoo Lois

        No Olymics or 2 men killed over sports?S\
        Surely we know the difference.
        Sports have gone way to far…is it a game anymore???

    • Fufu

      Danny, all I can say is you’re the biggest idiot I’ve come across all month, which is a great accomplishment since idiots are by the truckload everywhere you look.

  • Jill


  • JOHN

    Load em up and send them to Florida for trial

  • JOHN Walls

    Load him up and send him to Florida for trial

  • bobby blacksheep

    Maybe the player who was stabbed was a relative of the people who hacked up the ref. Doesn’t make it right but I could see me doing that to someone who killed my brother

    • cll

      They were his family. If it was someone in yours what would you do? maybe nothing, maybe something and maybe something you just can’t remember doing.

  • kevin

    That the ref prepared for the game (in which he did indeed eventually lose his life) by packing a knife says everything. The guy knew beforehand that laying down the law put him in danger. Maybe more law enforcement types, clearly lacking by the time we get to the head on a spike stage of the game, are necessary. And the families of the victims? Families of soldiers, police and firefighters expect hazard, but soccer players? “Honey, I’m going to work now …”

  • Craig Eliot

    Sports morons.

  • Andrew

    annnnnnnnnnd this is why soccer sucks. Stupid fans.

  • Judy

    Isn’t this one of the countries Edward Snowden would like to go. Maybe not.

  • http://google tom

    You made a comment that the USA needs to cancel going to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics. I disagree, what I think they need to do is change the venue. The IOC needs to step in and take a stand against the potential danger that all of the athletes face when they compete in Rio in 2016. These athletes work so hard to get to compete in the Olympic games. To take the opportunity away from these athletes would not be right or fair to them.

    • Sean Gustafson

      Of course the athletes deserve their day in the sun after all that is their only contribution to society; entertaining the rest of us that actually keep the world moving forward; with their sporting expeditions. But with that said the nations from around the world who are going to be competing should put their heads together and their foots down and not tolerate this type of inhumanity and find a new location. It is not difficult and could be easily handled.

  • http://WebProNews Jason

    Is this an alternative to the American version of a high school musical by getting your-head-in-the-game?

  • http://webpro Jay Mathewson

    When I was reading the article the mixture of wit and sarcasm seemed familiar. Then half way through I looked back to check the author; my old friend David. I miss our old “pizza an’beer”time. You’re as entertaining in print as in person! Could be your nitch! Any subject!
    Looks like next season the Hogs and Tigers won’t meet in the regular season.Maybe in the championship (wishful thinking). We’ll meet up!
    Say hi to you know who!

  • slocum

    If we keep letting them enter our country uncontrolled, yes, it will be happening here.

    • Sean Gustafson

      It already is in my state. I live in Florida and there are a lot of murders here caused by people from South America.

  • Sean Gustafson

    We are living in a world where every nation is trying to remove the death penalty saying that killing no matter what is not the way road to travel. Prove it nations around the world. Pull out of the World Cup and the Olympics and show the world that you can back up the words you say by not tolerating senseless death. Nations around the world do not rest on your laurels put them to work.

  • http://yahoo Poppyjoe

    It’s not weather you win or lose but how you you kill the ref!?!

    • http://Yahoo.com Robert

      Also “whether” you spell correctly.

  • Marilyn

    First of all I think we need to ask if this is the norm for the ref to be attacked by players because they kick them out and so the refs feel like they have to protect themselves, even going to the extreme of stabbing the player to save himself. I have seen players and fans go bizerk (sorry about the spelling) when they don’t like a play (or call”. It is most definitely mob mentality and for the barbaric way that they handled this event they should not be allowed to have the World Cup in their country, and they need to know that because of their actions they may also lose the Olympics. They have no one else to blame but themselves.

  • Bob Besemer

    There are some American Football and baseball refs and umps that I’ve been very angry with but I settle for a stern look.

    • http://Yahoo.com Robert


  • Terminator

    One quote from the Article reads: ‘The Referee was stoned to death because the soccer fields in Brazil are littered with stones’!!!…Why are American Journalists so self-righteous and ethno-centric…It seem as if for them to make a point they always have to be PUTTING DOWN another Country or some foreign culture…Brazil is a BIG and DIVERSE Country…I am sure they have many fine stadiums with varying terrain and geology – thus the soil is not all rocky…It’s like visiting the Everglades and saying AMERICA is a SWAMPY and GATOR RIDDEN Country!!!

    • dave

      perhaps America has become a swamp? full of predetory leaders. feeding on the stupidity of the fools they created in their dumbed down brainwash factories called public schools

  • Carl rascoe

    I used to love soccer. Not now. Not ever again. It shouldn’t be that serious. Its a game.???!!!! I seen this on my blog today & had to respond. I normally don’t. Our world has deteriorated to a world of savages, cannibals & monsters. Soccer isn’t safe no more? I used to think Brazil was a world tourist spot? Now look? I wonder what GOD is thinking? I know HE is not going to a soccer game in BRAZIL? Referees? run for your lives! Especially if you live in Brazil!!!!!!

  • cll

    The people that killed the referee were his family. Seeing someone stab the life out of your family member may stir some instant emotions especially if it were your child or someone else close to you. Either way the place is too violent to even visit.

    • Sophie

      My big question is how come a referee is allowed to carry a knife during the game? Scary!

  • dave

    when games are commercialized for the profit of the priviledged and politicians, where does all the money go? when the societies become jaded because of all the corruption in governments how can the citizens be expected to maintain civility?
    And when the citizenery acts out like this? What happens? The leaders just make the walls higher and stronger rsther than fixing what is wrong. It seems there can be no good leaders found anymore. All potential leaders hve learned how to gain and hold power and live in luxury while ignoring the people. It is like a script is available to them. No new ideas, no decency, no true love of country or humanity, just greed and lust for power. Fear for the children of the future.

  • Sophie

    I don’t think Brazil is ready for World Cup and Olympics! It seems like people in Brazil are so angry and ready for violence! I would never travel there!

  • phxron

    The Brazilians are nothing but a bunch of third world animals. Why does the world continue to award sporting events to these pieces of trash?

    • http://Yahoo.com Robert

      That’s right – not a single Brazilian is a good person, we should write them off like all Jews, Black, Hispanics and Muslims.
      That’s the answer.

  • Haymaker

    Apparently, they not only beheaded him, they stoned and QUARTERED him as well.

  • http://yahoo mike

    wtf is a ref doing with a knife on the field to begin with

  • Robert Stroleny

    I cannot imagine a single reason to hold an international sporting event, or to even travel to this hell hole. Add this barbaric act to the already long list of savage acts that have occurred in this “country” Q: Who is in control over there? A: No one!

  • weasel

    I can see this coming now. New sports wear for soccer players. Comfortable shorts, jock strap, cleated shoes, and 12″ bowie knife

  • Rob Blue

    Maranhao is a poor area in Brazil not even close to Rio. This is like saying if a referee’s head was cut off in in a small mountain town in Arkansas then the US show not hold world sporting events.

  • http://www.bowsbymaude.com maude

    What a pack of monsters….

  • Name

    Many comments here are saying the whole country of Brazil is barbaric because of this one death, yet, because of American actions in Iraq and Afghanistan there have been 200,000 civilians killed and millions displaced.

    Let’s not be hypocritical in our evaluation of countries. There are plenty of very decent people in Brazil and believe me, we have our own issues with violence here. Just look at Chicago.

    • http://Yahoo.com Robert

      One is a soccer game, and one was a war to stop a dictator who killed nearly a million of his own people, harbored terrorists who attacked the United States and killed innocent Americans, and whom we freed to have democratic elections and become one of the larger free nations in the Middle East.
      Do you believe that your comparison is valid?

      • Name

        Bob, stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

        I don’t see Brazil invading other countries or their actions resulting in 200,000 innocent people dying. You are also conveniently forgetting we put half the people over there in power and we armed half the people we are fighting against over there in the 80’s and 90’s.

  • Ted

    maybe I will start watching soccer now???

  • Rico

    I want to behead John Smith for making a stupid comment like that. And for all you dumb a$$ idiots who think soccer is gay… Retarded!!! Football players wear tights. NBA players are coming out the closet. But soccer is gay. yea right. And USA is not all that safe here. we cant even go to a movie theater anymore

  • http://Yahoo.com Robert

    … and that is how you win.

  • Robin

    No Olympics in Brazil, and we need to take a look at pulling out of the World Cup Series if it’s still held in Brazil. This kind of behavior is just as bad as anything happening in the Middle East, and I sure as heck wouldn’t go there for the Olympics or anything else. How barbaric. India condones the rape of their women and children, and Brazil condones the murder and beheading of their soccer refs. I do understand the concern of the community about the ref defending himself and killing a player who attacked him. I do not understand how a mob of murderers then attacked the ref and murdered him, and then proceeded to put his head on a stick. My God, I used to like to travel, but honestly, with this type of crap going on in the 3rd world countries, geez, I think I’ll stay home this year.

  • Rico

    They should do that to all the refs who the Ravens and the Heat win

  • Rico

    They should do that to all the refs who helped Baltimore Ravens and Miami Heat win

  • john

    “I normally don’t stab players, but when I do, I prefer Dos XX’s.”

    Great for the country, and sports image.

  • Mike

    WOW.. Look at all the americans, sitting on their lazyboys on top of the world with your oversized soft drinks and matching belly, passing judgment on another country.. What a surprise, a land basically ruled as sheep and too fat and lazy to get out of their own couch to do ANYTHING about ANYTHING passing judgment on something horrible that happened somewhere else. It must be good to be able to pass judgment without looking around at your own rot, a country where in 2012 you had over 278,000 reports of CHILD ABUSE AND MOLESTATION, with the 26th highest gun related homicide rate in the world,Detroit’s homicide rate is nearly as high as the entire country of El Salvador. A culture that breeds serial killers like they’re M&M’s, in the entire HISTORY OF BRAZIL there are 4 serial killers, the US has one of the highest rates of CRAZY MOTHER FS eating people and keeping them in their fridge, raping and torturing.

    A country with a judicial system that lets killers like Casey Anthony loose, in Brazil, her ass would be Fn DEAD as soon as she left that courthouse.

    Is what happened in that soccer field brutal? yes, barbaric? certainly, but NOT nearly as brutal as 12 year old girls getting kidnapped from Walmart, Raped and killed within minutes, snatched out of their homes at knifepoint and forced to be a sex slave for a homeless maniac for a decade

    Wake up america, look around you, while you eat yourselves to death and pass judgment on other countries, your kingdom is crumbling around you.

    • Name

      You have to remember that the age of consent in the US is 18 and in Brazil it is 14. Many Americans are charged with child molestation when in fact, the “victim” is a teenager that would be of legal age in most parts of the world. Heck, in the USA, you can get a child molestation charge from just meeting someone you are talking with online. Many consensual acts here are crimes and would not be in other parts of the world. So our numbers are a bit skewed. The number of true molestations are actually much much lower.

      But in general you are right, we are a hypocritical nation. The rest of the world knows this. This is why they hate us.

      However, I would not count us out just yet. We can do better and will. There is still many many good people in this country.

    • Aja

      Take those numbers in the US and compare the same numbers to those in Brazil and guess what you get mike……just like you they are still LOSERS!!!!! Now go crawl back under that third world country rock you climbed from under.

  • http://Yahoo Tigger Too

    Wow. The soccer hooligans in South America and Europe sure do take their football seriously. For a soccer referee to flag a player and then pull a knife and stab him to death, and afterward, for a mob of fans to storm the field, stone the referee to death, decapitate him and stick his head on a stake at midfield is taking things too far. In fact, it’s downright barbaric. If Brazil is holding the World Cup in 2014, and will then host the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, all civilized countries, including the USA, should protest by boycotting the games. Playing soccer is a dangerous sport indeed in Brazil, and the lives of players from other nations shouldn’t be risked by allowing them to play there. The Brazillian soccer fans must be a pack of nut jobs and heathens. (It’s too bad the player who was flagged and attacked with a knife wasn’t David Beckham. JUST KIDDING.)

  • DAVE


  • Tom McLaughlin

    How is it possible that this type of behavior is put on the back page, when if it happened in America it would be world news? To have such a DISGRACE of humanity and still host both the World Cup and Olympics is a show of careless behavior by both to care about the WORLD’S ATHLETES.

    • Mike

      If that was the case the US would never be able to host either with one of the highest crime rates and gun violence in the world, please stay up there on your pedestal talking about “disgrace of humanity” when i Jacksonville just last week a 9 year old girl was kidnapped from target, raped and killed, where daily the folks from Florida deal with one of the highest human trafficking for child pornography epidemics in the WORLD, and where Detroit has more gun violence then most countries. Please, tell us again what a “disgrace: it was in a rural, primitive area of the country, one barbaric incident happens and you are now branding an entire nation. I wonder if you get this outraged when looking in your own backyard.

  • al

    These Catholics seem to get excited. Can anyone find a successful Catholic nation on earth?

  • Aja

    …..and this is the country the powers that be chose to hold the next Olympics??? Poor Olympians…..do they make kevlar muscle shirts, biking shorts, leotards, speedos, and running shoes. If so Olympians here’s some good advice, PICK YOU UP SOME BEFORE YOU GO TO BRAZIL. Good luck with THOSE ticket sales. Let’s just say I won’t be crying about missing that particular Olympic year.

  • Sew2025

    10 thousand years of human evolution came to this kind of stupidity, wow.

  • Graham

    Wow! Asses in Brazil doing shit before they host the God Damn World Cup!! Who the hell brings a knife, a stake and rocks to a fucking soccer game! I sure as hell hope security is better for the World Cup and Olympics.

  • http://www.webpronews.com Patu2013

    I’m Brazilian and I never stabbed or beheaded anyone like many people in Brazil and now we are a bunch of bad people?!. You guys are ignorants! I believe Brazil should host the World Cup and the Olympics because like many countries we have earned our right. I bet most of you never left United States and you don’t know how other people live in other countries. The police there is very effective and they will bring these murderers to justice. Also this happened in a very poor area and small town where security isn’t great. However that doesn’t justify their acts. Brazil is a beautiful country and the people there are very generous and caring so please don’t blame the entire population for the act of a few.

  • http://www.webpronews.com Patu2013

    I’m Brazilian and I never stabbed or beheaded anyone like many people in Brazil and now we are a bunch of bad people?!. You guys are ignorants! I believe Brazil should host the World Cup and the Olympics because like many countries we have earned our right. I bet most of you never left United States and you don’t know how other people live in other countries. The police there is very effective and they will bring these murderers to justice. Also this happened in a very poor area and small town where security isn’t great. However that doesn’t justify their acts. Brazil is a beautiful country and the people there are very generous and caring so please don’t blame the entire population for the act of a few.

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