A referee holds up the Red Card expelling a player from an international soccer game (image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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.
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