- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 7, 2013

Police in Maranhao, Brazil, say enraged soccer fans rushed onto the field, stoned the referee to death, quartered his body and put his head on a stake after he stabbed a player to death during the game.

The Public Safety Department of the state of Maranhao said in a statement that chaos erupted after referee Otavio da Silva expelled player Josenir Abreu from a game last weekend.

The two began to brawl when Silva took out a knife and stabbed Abreu, who died on his way to the hospital, the Associated Press reported.

That’s when Abreu’s friends and family “rushed into the field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body,” the statement said.

Local news media reported that spectators also severed the referee’s head and put it on a stake in the middle of the field, the AP reported. Police have arrested one suspect.