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Brazilian Soccer Fans Murder Referee

Brazilian soccer fans
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During a casual soccer game in Northeastern Brazil last July, a local teen serving as referee served up a yellow card to an older player and then, horrifically, stabbed him in an ensuing scuffle. The player died en route to the hospital, but the carnage was nowhere near complete – the ref was then beaten, repeatedly run over with a motorcycle, stabbed, and had his head and legs cut off. Only two of the four assailants were arrested.

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