Brazil is set to host the next football World Cup and two years later the Olympics. In recent weeks they have experienced civil unrest and protests as money is spent on Stadiums, many local believing at the expense of public services. However an incident on June 30 at a football match in Brazil beggars belief.
A referee stabbed a player. The incensed crowd stormed the pitch and the referee was quartered, beheaded and his head stuck on a stick.
How could the beautiful game fall so spectacularly from grace?
The referee told the player in question, Josenir dos Santos, to leave the pitch but he refused. A fist fight between the two men followed but he still refused to leave the pitch. So what did the ref do? He pulled out a knife and fatally stabbed the player. Santos was alive at the scene but died on the way to hospital. Since when do referees go on the pitch armed with a knife along with their red and yellow cards?
Details of this brutal football match are just hitting the headlines. It happened in the remote town of Pio XII. According to reports the friends and family of the injured player rushed onto the pitch immediately following the stabbing and began to stone the referee, Otavio da Silva. He was stoned to death and then dismembered.
At time of writing only one person has been arrested in connection with the murder, a 27-year-old man.