Death of Otávio Jordão da Silva

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Otávio Jordão da Silva Cantanhede

Otávio Jordão da Silva Cantanhede, a Brazilian amateur football referee,[1] was lynched, quartered and beheaded by football spectators after he stabbed a player in a match he officiated on June 30, 2013.[2][3]

Incident[edit]

On June 30, 2013, Otávio was refereeing an amateur football match at Pio XII, in Maranhão, Brazil.[4][5] Otávio sent off player Josemir Santos Abreu, 31, who refused to leave the field and began a fight with the referee. Abreu threw a punch, which prompted Otávio to draw a knife from his pocket and repeatedly stab Abreu. Abreu died on the way to the hospital.[2][6] When fans watching the game, including Abreu's friends and family, found out about his death,[7] they invaded the pitch[8] and stoned Cantanhede, before decapitating him, quartering him,[9] and putting his head on a stake in the pitch.[2][10][11][12][13] Police chief Valter Costa was quoted as saying "One crime will never justify another".[2][14]

Suspects[edit]

One suspect was arrested.[3] However, police were searching for two more people,[6] including Abreu's brother.[15]

Viral video[edit]

A graphic video surfaced online shortly following the incident that shows medical personnel reassembling Otávio's body.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fans decapitate soccer referee after he stabs, kills player:police". NY Daily News. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Brazil referee decapitated after stabbing player". BBC News. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Brazilian Referee Beheaded by Fans for Killing Player". International Business Times. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Brazilian mob decapitates soccer referee after he stabs player". NewsWires. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brazilian football referee stoned to death, body hacked by fans: report". NDTV. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Referee beheaded after killing player". ESPN. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Haine, Will. "Player & referee murdered after match in Brazil". Give me Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Soccer referee decapitated after stabbing player to death in Brazil". USA Today. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Fans kill and quarter soccer referee in Brazil". Boston Herald. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Brazilian Soccer Fans Decapitate Ref After He Stabs, Kills Player". Deadspin. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Brazilian soccer ref beheaded by fans after fatally stabbing player". MSN Now. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Decapitated Referee Otavio da Silva Quartered For Killing Josenir Abreu". LaLate News. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Fans kill and quarter football referee in Brazil". WTSP. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Brazil football referee beheaded after stabbing player to death". RT. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Barbarie: un árbitro mató a un jugador y fue asesinado por los hinchas". Toda Pasion. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Price, Greg (July 7, 2013). "Soccer Referee Beheaded During Amateur Match In Brazil". International Business Times. [dead link]