#1 By: pesco, July 11th, 2013 13:26
During a recent soccer match in Maranhao, Brazil, a referee stabbed and killed a player during a fight after the player refused to leave the field. Continuing this stunning example of good sportsmanship, the spectators proceeded to stone the referee before decapitating him. "One crime will never justify another," said the local police chief. (BBC… READ THE REST
#2 By: openfly, July 11th, 2013 13:40
The Football War (Spanish: La guerra del fútbol), also known as the Soccer War or 100 Hour War, was a brief war fought by El Salvador and Honduras in 1969. The cause of the war was economic in nature, namely issues concerning immigration from El Salvador to Honduras. These existing tensions between the two countries coincided with rioting during the second North American qualifying round of the 1970 FIFA World Cup. The war began on 14 July 1969, when the Salvadoran military launched an attack El...
Little known bit of history. If you think decapitating refs is bad. This is waaaaay worse. Also a couple years back a guard in a stadium mounted turret accidently shot a columbian player with a high caliber machine gun.
South American soccer is not for the feint of heart.
#3 By: Flugfrei_Jones, July 11th, 2013 13:48
i'm glad i made it out of soccer with only a broken arm, i guess!
#4 By: Jardine, July 11th, 2013 13:57
Is there any sport with no deaths attributed to it? Curling maybe.
#5 By: zuludaddy, July 11th, 2013 14:08
Lovely little detail: the name of the town where this occurred is Pio XII.
#6 By: Namnezia, July 11th, 2013 14:22
Soccer — Game of Thrones Style.
#7 By: Fábio Emilio Costa, July 11th, 2013 14:22
In this championship, you win or die
#8 By: agonist, July 11th, 2013 14:39
Andres Escobar in Colombia in the 90's had an "own goal" and was later executed by a drug cartel. They take their futbol very seriously down there.
A simple murder is one thing, but decapitation and dismemberment are quite another. I just don't see how a human being could do that to someone -- no matter the justification.
#9 By: Jonathan Peterson, July 11th, 2013 14:45
To their credit, the onlookers tied the ref up and didn't kill him until they got a phone call that the player had died from his stab wounds.
#10 By: Tobin Lathrop, July 11th, 2013 14:46
Give a listen to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast. Humans are more than capable of really nasty nasty things and while we currently in modern western civilization have comfortable safe lives we are not that far removed from that kind of behavior.
#11 By: miasm, July 11th, 2013 16:54
I've heard labyrinthine explanations of the offside rule before but this is ridiculous.
#12 By: Charles Richter, July 11th, 2013 17:56
Sounds like a typical game of Lunar Punishment Soccer.
#13 By: Lion, July 11th, 2013 17:58
I remember seeing that Escobar was shot outside a bar after getting in a drunken argument. Six times with a hand gun. I kinda think if the drug cartel wanted to make a point they would have executed him cartel style.. decapitation of some type.. probably with his feet cut off too just to rub in the point.
#14 By: openfly, July 11th, 2013 23:01
Bruno Fernandes das Dores de Souza (born 23 December 1984 in Ribeirão das Neves), known as Bruno, is a former Brazilian football goalkeeper. His contract with Flamengo was suspended in July 2010 and eventually expired in December 2012. On 8 March 2013 he was sentenced to a 22-year jail term for the assault and murder of his former girlfriend and mother of his youngest child. He allegedly cut up his dead girlfriend and fed her to his dogs. Eventually sentenced to 30 years in prison. Bruno played ...
This guy was going to be on the Brazil World Cup team. He's doing 30 years for killing his gf and feeding her to his dogs.
Life in the favelas is pretty harsh. WHO statistics put Brazillian major populations centers about 3-4 times more likely to die from homocide as say Iraq or Iran.
#15 By: Michael Smith, July 11th, 2013 23:21
#16 By: Fabian F., July 12th, 2013 00:40
Curious choice of countries to compare to. Did you know that you are more likely to die from homicide in the USA than in Iran (4.8 vs 3.0 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants, btw Brazil has 22,7)?
#17 By: Skyhawk1, July 12th, 2013 02:32
Now where is the next summer Olympics being held?
#18 By: Fergus, July 12th, 2013 04:23
Wow! And I thought watching Manchester United v Liverpool in the 70s and 80s was dangerous! Sheesh!
#19 By: openfly, July 12th, 2013 06:25
obviously, i read the same report you did and even cited it. but i was going for sarcastic effect. also it promotes people going out and reading the stats themselves. i bet you, like i were very interested in the actual stats WHO compiled.
i can't claim a full trust of those stats as reporting of homocides in some nation states are highly suspect, kind of like reports of domestic survailence.
but, we make do with what we've got absent something better.
#20 By: James Penrose, July 12th, 2013 15:48
I guess sports really does build character...just not the sort of character you want to associate with.
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