Executions That Shocked The Football World
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Football, or soccer as we know it in the United States, is supposed to be a fun sport and activity on any level, be it elementary school or professional. But some players and officials have actually been executed for their deeds or misdeeds on the playing field. Here are 10 stories where soccer went very bad.
10. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we all know how tremendously important a referee’s job is, in any sport. Even if we go crazy mad over some of the calls they make, we know they are doing their jobs and deserve our respect. In February of 2016, when Argentina soccer referee Cesar Flores pulled a red card on a player – which basically means the player is ejected – the unnamed player was so angry that he went to his backpack, fetched a gun and shot the ref three times, in the head, chest and neck, killing him. Another player was also shot, but survived.
9. After leaving the field at the losing end of a match in mid-2014, soccer player Albert Bodjongo was struck in the head by an object thrown by an angry fan. He died a few hours later from the injury. Later coroner reports indicated, however, that he might have died from a severe beating and not the projectile. While Bodjongo’s team had lost the match, he was the only player on his JSK team in Cameroon to score a goal that afternoon. Because of this, the Algerian Football Federation suspended play indefinitely. Play resumed within three weeks.
8. Robert Mensah, a former Ghanaian international goalkeeper, was murdered in late 1971 after Ghana attempted to qualify for the 1972 African Cup of Nations. He was stabbed with a broken bottle during a fight in a Tema bar and died a few days later at a hospital. But according to his teammate, named Ibrahim, Mensah was not killed because of his gameplay, as he was a very good goalkeeper. “It was his lack of discipline that caused his death,” the teammate said.
7. Lutz Eigendorf, a German soccer player, slipped away from the rest of his team after a game and defected to the West to play for another team. UEFA banned his play time for a year because of the defection. Four years later, in 1983, he died from injuries in a car wreck after slamming into a tree. Tests showed his blood alcohol level was very high, but friends told officials he had only drank a very small amount of alcohol that fateful evening. Suspicions abounded that East Germany’s state security service had something to do with his death. In early 2010, a former East German spy admitted he was ordered to kill the soccer player.
6. On the morning of Oct. 30, 2013, the wife of Brazilian soccer player Joao Rodrigo discovered a backpack on her front porch. Inside it was the severed head of her husband, its eyes and tongue gouged out. It was believed that the player was murdered the previous night by a drug gang. His wife, Geisa, was strongly connected to an effort to clean up Rio de Janeiro before the city hosted the World Cup the following year, and she offered her help in the arrests of drug lords that ruled in North Rio.
5. He was known as “The Gentleman of the Field.” Colombian soccer defender Andres Escobar played for the Colombian National Team, which was expected to win the 1994 World Cup. It did not, losing to Romania 3-1 and exiting the tournament in the loss to the United States, wherein Escobar accidentally put the ball in his own net after mistiming a slide to save the ball. Less than two weeks later, Escobar was sitting in his car outside a bar when three men approached him and began arguing with him. Two of the men pulled handguns on him and began shooting. With each shot, the men shouted, “Go!” in a reflection of the South American commentator who said it during the broadcast of the games. Some 45 minutes later, Escobar died in a hospital.
4. On June 30, 2013, after taking a punch from red-carded player Josemir Abreu during an amateur soccer match in Brazil, referee Otavio Cantanhede pulled a knife and stabbed the player several times. The player died on the way to the hospital and Cantanhede unknowingly sealed his own fate. Angry crowds consisting of Abreu’s family and friends charged the field and stoned Cantanhede before decapitating him. They then quartered him and put his head on a stake on the field. And you guys thought American players and refs were nuts?? I mean… seriously…
3. Muhammad Nawaf and Muhammad Meshaan were playing in a friendly soccer match in 2007 between neighborhood teams in Ramadi when three cars rolled up and 10 men poured out, grabbed the men and began dragging them to their car. The assailants tied their hands and they began to struggle. One broke free and began to run away, but he stumbled over a rock and was quickly shot dead. The gunmen shouted that the men were guilty of collaborating with a Sunni group with ties to the American occupation authorities. “This is the destiny of anyone who works with secret police,” they shouted. The other player was also shot dead in front of the frozen spectators.
2. It was a game of legend, in what has been called the Death Match, which took place on Aug. 9, 1942. World War II was going on and the German Army was playing a Ukrainian team, known as the Dynamo, in what was considered a “friendly match.” But that “friendly” part wasn’t heeded by the Germans, as it is believed they warned the Ukrainians that if they did not let them win, they would suffer the consequences. The threat, issued to the leading Dynamo by a German officer at halftime, did not shake the Ukrainians, who were leading the match 4-1 in the second half when the German players abruptly left the field and the game was over. Within six months of that game, four or five key members of that Ukrainian team died.
1. In October of 2009, 25 heavily armed men dressed in black drove up to the Colombian amateur Los Maniceros team in Venezuela and kidnapped 12 members of the team. Eleven of those members were later found in different locations, all murdered by gunshot. The single survivor, Manuel Cortez, 19, had suffered a bullet wound to his neck. He claims all the victims were chained by their necks to trees for two weeks before the killing started. It is believed the National Liberation Army was at the heart of the kidnapping and murders. No motive has ever been disclosed.
That’s all for today. Do you know of any other soccer horror stories like these? If so, let us know in the comments section below. Don’t forget to like us and make sure to subscribe for more stories like this.