RIO DE JANEIRO - Police in northeastern
Brazil are searching for a referee after a player was stabbed to
death during an amateur match in Barreira in Ceara state.
A spokesman for the Ceara military police said referee
Francisco Chaves had killed 35-year-old Jose da Silva and
injured his brother Francisco in a fight, after whistling for a
foul against the visiting Boa-Fe (good faith) team from Redencao
(redemption), and then fled the scene.
Major Marcos Paulo said Francisco da Silva kicked the
referee after he blew up for the foul near the Boa-Fe penalty
area, sparking the fight, and Jose da Silva went to his
brother's aid only to be stabbed in the chest and killed.
"Because it was an amateur game, there was no policing so
the referee fled after the crime," Paulo said.
"We've already made some searches for him and received
information that he might hand himself in today but for now he's
Francisco da Silva was in hospital with knife wounds in his
Local media said the dead man, Jose da Silva, was a security
guard in Redencao.
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