5
Jul

Brazilian referee butchered by fans after killing player

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Octavio da Silva Catanhede Jordan was killed by a violent mob last week (Photo: FOXSports.com).

An amateur soccer match turned barbaric, leading to the deaths of a match referee and player in northeastern Brazil.

The Public Safety Department of the state of Maranhao said in a statement that it started when referee Otavio da Silva expelled player Josenir Abreu from a game last weekend. The two got into a fist fight, then Silva took out a knife and stabbed Abreu, who died on his way to the hospital.

After witnessing the attack, fans invaded the field to attack the referee, who was stoned to death and quartered. Local news media are also reporting that the spectators decapitated Silva and stuck his head on a stake in the middle of the field.

In an official statement, Valter Costa, police chief of Santa Ines in Maranhão, confirmed the ongoing investigation and assured the public that suspects were being questioned.

“Reports of witnesses have indicated some people that were in place at the time of the fact. We will identify and hold accountable all those involved. A crime will never justify another. Actions like this do not collaborate with the legality of a state law.”

Read more here.

10
Jun

Three Lebanese referees jailed for accepting sex in exchange for fixing a match

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Three Lebanese referees pleaded guilty to accepting sexual favors in exchange for fixing an April 3rd match between Singapore’s Tampines Rovers and India club East Bengal.

The three referees were pulled before the match began, and have been held in jail since April 4th.

The District court judge jailed assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb for three months and deferred sentencing for head referee Ali Sabbagh.

From Channel News Asia:

Deputy public prosecutor Asoka Markandu described Ali Sabbagh as “the most culpable” among the three as he was the one approached by the syndicate and the one who persuaded the two linesmen to accept the sexual bribe.

The judge lashed out at the FIFA-accredited referees for bringing disrepute to the sport, saying they were probably the first international football match officials to be charged with corruption in Singapore.

"That alone, the fact that you are international officials, in my view, is already an aggravating factor," he said.

"The Singapore public has an interest in preserving football as a professional sport in Singapore. This is because it has social, recreational and economic value," he added.

Head referee Ali Sabbagh will have his sentence carried out on June 11th.

1
Apr

If you were too busy watching “The Walking Dead” or “Game of Thrones” on Sunday night (and who could blame you really), you missed out on  the biggest Harlem Shake ever before El Super Clasico match between Guadalajara and Club America at Estadio Omnilife.

Yes, we’re tired of watching this dance phenomenon just as the other person. Yet, what made this version unique is that every person imaginable - from players, coaches, referees, fans and workers - participated in the spectacle.

Don’t believe us? Check it out!

8
Dec

FIFA (and UEFA) might be catching a lot of flak these days for their use of the 5th official (as opposed to entering the 21st century and using goal-line technology)

But let’s at least grant them this: the 5th officials are top-notch professionals. They’re committed to the cause 100%, even going so far as to practicing their eyesight before games!