Jul 8, 2013 12:37 PM by AP (PHOTO COURTESY: AFP/File, Nelson Almeida)

Police look for suspects in Brazil soccer slaying

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Police in the northern Brazilian state of Maranhao are searching for two men suspected of taking part in the slaying and beheading of an amateur soccer referee who stabbed a player to death during a match.

Officer Valter Costa said Monday that one suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the June 30 slaying of 20-year-old referee Otavio Jordao da Silva in the town of Centro do Meio.

Silva expelled player Josenir Abreu from a game. That led to a confrontation in which Silva pulled a knife and fatally stabbed Abreu.

Police have said Abreu's friends and relatives then rushed onto the field, stoned the referee to death, quartered his body and beheaded him.


Aerial view of a football pitch on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 4, 2013 (AFP/File, Nelson Almeida)


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