A soccer referee in Brazil was gruesomely quartered and beheaded after he fatally stabbed a player on the field during a match.

The match took place June 30 at Pius XII stadium in Maranhao, northeastern Brazil.

According to Correio24horas, 30-year-old player Josenir dos Santos Abreu approached the 20-year-old referee, Octavio da Silva Catanhede Jordan, to argue a call. The two couldn’t come to terms so Catanhede Jordan told the player to leave the field.

Beheaded: 20-year-old soccer referee Octavio da Silva Catanhede Jordan was quartered and beheaded after fatally stabbing a player during a match last SundayBeheaded: 20-year-old soccer referee Octavio da Silva Catanhede Jordan was quartered and beheaded after fatally stabbing a player during a match last Sunday

Perpetrators: Police in Brazil have already arrested one man suspected of beheading the referee, but are still look for two others associated with the actPerpetrators: Police in Brazil have already arrested one man suspected of beheading the referee, but are still look for two others associated with the act

 

Santos Abreu refused and the argument turned heated when the referee allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Santos Abreu multiple times.

 

Fatally stabbed: Josenir dos Santos Abreu died on the way to the ambulance after being supposedly stabbed by referee Catanhede JordanFatally stabbed: Josenir dos Santos Abreu died on the way to the ambulance after being supposedly stabbed by referee Catanhede Jordan

 

The player died en route to the hospital. Fans outraged by the stabbing – believed to be the player’s friends and family – stormed the pitch and cornered Catanhede Jordan.

The mob showed no mercy as they quartered and decapitated the referee and then placed his head on a stake.

A video shows the damage the mob did to Catanhede Jordan, but it is exceptionally graphic.

So far police in Santa Ines, Maranhao have arrested one man, 27-year-old Luis Moraes Souza, in relation to the gruesome crime – but may be looking for two other men named ‘Chiquinho’ and ‘Pirolo’ according to a few other Brazilian blogs.

Valter Costa, police chief of Santa Ines, released a statement about the investigation.

‘Reports of witnesses have indicated some people that were in place at the time of the fact,’ he said. ‘We will identify and hold accountable all those involved. A crime will never justify another. Actions like this do not collaborate with the legality of a state law.’

Arrested: Police in Maranhao have already brought into custody Luis Moraes Souza in relation to the beheading, but are on the lookout for two other men Arrested: Police in Maranhao have already brought into custody Luis Moraes Souza in relation to the beheading, but are on the lookout for two other men

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