Brazil Preparing For WC

Here’s some WTF news for the day.  Talk about zero tolerance for dissent against a referee.  The ref red cards the player, they get into a fist fight which leads to the ref stabbing the player.  Then the crowd takes over and it gets even more ludicrous.

Looks like the Brazilians are “preparing” for the World Cup next year.

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Brazil football referee beheaded after stabbing player to death

Published time: July 07, 2013 09:52                                                                            
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Outraged spectators in northern Brazil stoned football referee Otavio da Silva to death and hacked up his body, after he stabbed a player, who died on his way to hospital.

Police say the incident happened when the referee red-carded  30-year-old player Josenir Abreu from a game. The two quarrelled  and got into a fist fight, then Silva stabbed Abreu.

According to the Maranhao State Public Safety Department fans got  to the field and decapitated the referee, then dismembered his  body.

Local news reports say the angry mob stuck his head on a stake in  the middle of the field.

Police have arrested a 27-year-old man in the ongoing  investigation.

“We will identify and hold accountable all those involved in  this incident. One crime will never justify another. Actions like  this do not correspond with state law,” police spokesman  Valter Costa told reporters.

The police are reportedly looking for two more suspects.

The incident took place with a backdrop of Brazil facing mounting  pressure to show it is a safe place before 12 cities host the  2014 World Cup and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

In June, Brazil was swept by the protests partly against the  spending in preparation for the World Cup, as well as against the  level of corruption.

Original story HERE.