Sunday, July 7, 2013

Day 98: So I Guess Soccer is Pretty Dangerous

***May contain graphic descriptions of really bad stuff so if violence bothers you, this might not be the post for you.***

I really thought that the whole Aaron Hernandez murder thing would be the most horrifying sports story I would hear about for a long time... and then came Brazilian soccer. This football tale could easily be the plot for a really scary movie—a tale I'm not sure even the sickest mind could make up and there have been some really effed up movie plots over the years.

The story takes place at an amateur Brazilian soccer match a little over a week ago. The characters involved include 20-year-old match referee Otavio da Silva and 31-year-old player Josenir Abreu. The referee (da Silva) issued a red card to the player (Abreu)—a normal soccer occurrence, right? Evidently Abreu took offense to the red card and began arguing with da Silva, refusing to leave the field.

Da Silva became incensed with the arguing and decided to take action in shutting the argumentative player up. The referee reportedly had a knife in his possession and began to repeatedly stab Abreu on the field. The player was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital later. Even if the story ends here, it's pretty disturbing, right? To think that a referee, the person who is charged with making sure the rules are being followed, could commit such a heinous act is frightening.

But here's where the story goes from horrifying to downright gruesome. Several spectators—most likely family and friends of the victim—rushed the field in response to the attack and brutally assaulted the referee. It was reported that the attackers stoned da Silva then quartered and decapitated him, subsequently hanging the referee's head on a stake. Huh?

I honestly can't wrap my head around the first crime, let alone the grisly act that followed. I'm sure there will be a lot of soccer players not too thrilled about traveling to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup next summer after this nightmare...

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