Out of Control: Beheaded Referee’s Head Displayed On Brazilian Center Field

Published on July 7, 2013


A soccer referee was beheaded and his head displayed atop a wooden stake at  midfield after a match erupted in violence in Brazil.

The bloody brouhaha began when the match’s referee, Otávio Jordan da Silva de  Catanhede, became embroiled in an argument with player Linda dos Santos Abreu  over a disputed call during a game in the town of Pius XII.

The argument reportedly ended with Jordan ejecting Abreu. Following the  player’s ejection from the game, Abreu and Jordan began to fight. During the  fight, Jordan produced a small knife and stabbed Abreu, 31, who reportedly died  of his injuries en route to a local hospital.

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Friends and family of the deceased subsequently rushed the field, tied up  Jordan, 20, fatally stoned him, quartered his body, and then, according to the  Associated Press, which cited local media accounts of the murder, staked the  referee’s head at midfield of the soccer pitch.

Brazilian authorities have reportedly arrested one man and are seeking two  others in the June 30 incident in the state of Maranhao, Brazil.

“Witness Reports have already indicated some people that were (there) at the  time. We will identify and blame all involved,” senior law enforcement officer  Valter Costa told the Spanish website, Correio24horas.com.  “A crime will never justify the other. Actions like this do not collaborate with  the legality of a rule of law.”

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