By Chris Wright
Brazilian football, especially regional and amateur Brazilian football, provides a rich seam of neck-high tackles, referee abuse and manic crowd “participation”, but a recent game in the Maranhao region took the usual madness to a sickening level.
WARNING: As you may have guessed by now, this does not make for pretty reading.
On Sunday afternoon the amateur game between two sides from the city of Pio Xii ended in carnage after the referee (later identified as 20-year-old Otavio Jordao da Silva) fatally stabbed a player (30-year-old Josenir dos Santos Abreu) during an altercation over a refereeing decision.
It’s being reported that Abreu threw a punch at the referee, who retaliated by stabbing him in the stomach with the knife he had been carrying throughout the match. Abreu was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries on the way.
Meanwhile back at pitch, a group of spectators were outraged by the incident and set about lynching referee Otavio, with reports stating he was tied up, beaten, stoned and then – as if couldn’t get any more gruesome – “quartered”. He was then relieved of his head, which was placed on a stake in the middle of the pitch.
According to Esportes R7, “one man, Luiz Moraes de Souza, 27, has been arrested over the incident. He has admitted to assaulting the referee but denied killing the man. Police are searching for two more suspects….and are currently viewing video footage of the incident filmed by a witness with a mobile phone.”
Rather them than us.
Horrifying. Truly horrifying.