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Brazilian soccer match ends in brutality

Jul 6, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT


Reports out of Brazil have slowly surfaced that an amateur soccer match on June 30 in the poor state of Maranhão, Brazil ended with one player stabbed to death and the referee decapitated by angry fans.

According to multiple reports citing police statements on the situation, 20-year-old match referee Octavio da Silva (pictured) showed 30-year-old player Josenir dos Santos Abreu a red card, which started a dispute between the two.

Abreu attempted to either punch or kick the referee, who retaliated by whipping out a knife and stabbing the player. Abreu died of his stab wounds on his way to the hospital.

In retaliation, friends and family of Abreu in the stands rushed the pitch and overwhelmed da Silva, lynching him and stoning him to death before quartering his body and decapitating him, placing his head on a stake.

An official statement from Valter Costa, police chief of Santa Ines in Maranhão, “Reports of witnesses have indicated some people that were in place at the time of the fact. 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.”

The investigation is ongoing. Police apparently confirmed that an arrest has been made using videos of the lynching uploaded to social media.

  1. dhalb34 - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Ladies and Gentelmen, your 2014 World Cup host country…

    • zapainhurtzalot - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Wow! And I thought the way some of the parents and fans act at pee wee and high school football games were bad!

      Only one good thing came out of Brazil, their version of waxing LOL

  2. Mike Prindiville - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    If a soccer match broke out on ‘Game of Thrones,’ this is pretty much how I envision it ending.

    • travishenryskid - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      Amazing comment. What century are we in?

  3. bellerophon30 - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    “Um……yeah, I think I’ll watch next year’s World Cup on television, thanks.” Said by an increasing number of people every day, with every passing incident.

    I can’t wait to see what the protestors do when they find out the cost of a velodrome for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

  4. fnc111 - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Viva la futbol jajaja

  5. arlingtonsynn - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:40 PM


  6. massivedick - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    soccer is a f’d up sport … brazil a 3rd world country … so not surprising

  7. onbucky96 - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Holy shit! Look out anybody going to Brazil for the World Cup. JFC, 1st the ref stabs a player in self defense(he dies later) and then the ref gets cut up into pieces? Soccer fan, I dare you to defend this one.

  8. rickdday - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Draw and Quarter a soccer referee and nobody cares.

    One old lady says the n-word and everyone loses their minds!


    • carryingconcealed - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Talk about perspective, rickdday. It sounds ludicrous but this is the way liberals think. If you ask them they believe they’ve raised the bar for intellect, when the reality is that they’re really just a bunch of saber-rattling morons.

      This is what happens, though, when you spend too much time hanging out with your pet unicorn…

      • spencerschewtoy - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        Carringconceled, please show me where the report states that this heinous act was committed by liberals. That’s okay, I’ll wait . . .

      • squatch9 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        Did you leave your reading comprehension somewhere, spencerschewtoy? He said nothing of the sort. Re-read, sir.

      • stakex - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:30 AM


        Quite right, but that still doesn’t make carryingconcealed’s comments make any more sense. I could go on for hours about why his 57 words are nothing but ignorant, racist, babble. Of course neither of you would likely understand it, and I would have wasted hours of my life doing little more then banging my head against the wall.

        The one thing I really can’t help but laugh at though is a conservative saying liberals saber rattle. Republicans have never met a war they didn’t love, and John McCain has rattled the saber more himself then the liberals in this country have in their entire history.

        Oh and on point, while its much worse to draw and quarter someone then it is to use the n-word… it was something that happened in a back water part of a 3rd world country. No one cares what happens in the middle of nowhere Brazil. Just like no one cares when some red neck hillbilly in Kansas uses the n-word.

      • polonelmeagrejr - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Yes, sir General Generalizer. THings (and I mean everything) can be divided into two basic categoreis – GOod and Liberal – the purpose of the human mind is to perform this very difficult task of categotrization and generaliztion. You’ve obviously mastered it. COngratulations. Can a run at public offfice be far behind?

      • dharvell - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        spencerschewtoy – Spoken like a true liberal. See a post that points out the idiotic behavior of the liberal press, then twist the story around, claiming that the original comment’s author blamed the attack on liberals. That level of stupidity automatically qualifies you as a presidential candidate for the 2016 elections. You would probably win, too, since it seems that those with the lowest intellect wins.

      • herbw - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        Haha. How did this become about liberals? Perhaps some college course may help you explain your paranoid perspective.

    • east96st - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      First off, it’s pretty clear a LOT people care. I’m guessing the ref’s entire family is pretty torn up and, as the post clearly states, the police are all over it. Second, no one is “losing their minds” over Paula Dean. I would imagine 99.99% of the world doesn’t give a s**t about Paula. Turn off talk radio and read a book. Your mind needs the exercise. As for the .01% of people who DO care about Paula Dean, what, exactly, happened to make you think “they lost their mind”? Contracts were cancelled because she became a liability. If you worked with the public and went into your workplace used the n-word, you’d get fired, too. Racists are bad for business. Simple capitalism. Third, bringing up Paula Dean on a post about a 20 year old who was decapitated and quartered is unnecessary, unrelated, and bad form.

      • arlingtonsynn - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        “Ref’s entire family is pretty torn up…”

        Much like the ref.

      • herbw - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Thanks for bringing some commonsense to this post.

    • arlingtonsynn - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Great comment Rick… too bad the responses missed the reference.

  9. geo91 - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    This is absolutely wild… What’s worse is how easy it was to find pictures of his body in pieces and an up close video of drs trying to put his body back together, so nasty

    • polonelmeagrejr - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      THe pictures are worse than the act? I don’t think so.

  10. talgrath - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Don’t worry, if you’re going to the World Cup in Brazil everything will be safe, right? Right?…

  11. Patriot42 - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    These people are uncivilized and no one should travel to Brazil. The lack the genes to be considered human.

  12. Matthew - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    The more I read this story, the more I have to wonder: which genius inside FIFA thought it was a good idea to award Brazil the 2014 World Cup? Anyone…anyone…..Bueller?!?

  13. BringBackTheFlex - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Another mindless brutality is yet another reason why I would never allow my kids to play soccer.

  14. pmacd82 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    That’s why I’m proud to be an American

  15. winmac3 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    As an American I am sickened by the comments that I am reading. Two people died and countless other lives were affected. This is not about liberal or conservative. You guys missed the point. I would not associate myself with either self serving side of that debate. This was a gruesome and senseless crime that originate from a meaningless game.

    • sdbeisbol - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Finally a decent level-headed post! Brazil is a mess right now, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from keeping their kids from playing soccer in the US lol

  16. wfjackson3 - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    What the hell is wrong with all of you? Tongue in cheek jokes are way out of bounds here. This is a disgusting result of what seems to be a steady increase in player vs ref violence around the world. Refs everywhere, including in the US (look up Ricardo Portillo), are being assaulted and in some cases killed. A ref arms himself and chooses a very poor way to defend himself and it ends up sounding like an alternate ending to Lord of the Flies, and you are cracking fucking jokes? And the rest of you are arguing about conservatives vs liberals? WHAT THE MOTHER LOVING HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?

    This is a human issue. Nobody deserves to have this happen to them, no matter where they are from. I for one am saddened by the reality that this global issue is continuing to spread and most people are still making jokes about it.

    • godsholytrousers - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      The Rule of Law is Dead. Blame our leaders, blame the media, blame left or blame right, the real blame is all of us. We have been lied to and eagerly accepted those lies. The Bankster Masters of our Media, Politics, Church, Economy, have killed off morality in the search of profits, and we’ve excepted our serfdom in exchange for their trinkets. We are no better, nor worse than the Manhattan Indians who gave away their island for a bag of beads. It is too late to redeem ourselves, this will not end well. There is no solution beyond unlimited pain and suffering.

      What can you do? Try and live your life as civilized as possible. Love and protect your family, they are all you really have. This is what Tolkien would call “fightining the long defeat”. It is our lot in life to really be living through “interesting times”.

  17. dartwick - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Its odd how little attention this story is getting – especially on ESPN.

    Could it be that broadcast economics is driving reporting?

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