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Fútbol Referee In Argentina Was Shot And Killed By A Player He Red Carded

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In Argentina, fútbol is often compared to religion. Players, fans and weekend warriors alike are not afraid to express their passion for the game. But sometimes, passion can quickly turn into violence. This weekend, an amateur game in Argentina turned deadly after a routine decision by a referee.

Police in Córdoba, Argentina are on the hunt for a fútbol player who shot and killed a referee…for being red carded.

Cesar Flores, 48, was refereeing a game when he red carded a player and told him to leave the pitch. Flores apparently had some history with the player he red carded, and things turned violent after the player left the pitch.

According to local reports, the player left the pitch and retrieved a gun before returning to the field and opening fire.

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According to The Guardian, the shooting took place while the game was still in progress.

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“It all happened during the football match. We don’t know [exactly what took place], but it appears the player was angry, fetched a gun and killed him,” police told Efe, according to The Guardian.

According to La Voz, the player has been identified to be 36-year-old Juan Marcelo Barrionuevo. Police told La Voz they hope to find the suspect before townspeople try to take justice into their own hands. Flores was a father of four and had another on the way.

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You Will Never Believe The Amount Of Papal Shade Coming From Pope Francis


You Will Never Believe The Amount Of Papal Shade Coming From Pope Francis

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Pope Francis is wrapping up his visit to Mexico and has been a savage criticizing the Mexican government and cartel drug wars. Who knew his holiness would be so good at blessing them with righteous shade. #PopeIsDope ?

When fans get out of line, Pope Francis is undaunted when laying down the law.

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While in Morelia, Mexico, one papal enthusiast got a little too handsy and ended up pulling the pontiff onto a young man in a wheelchair. Pope Francis recovered quickly and immediately put the overly eager spectator in his place.

He called out the Mexican government on their sh*t…right to their faces.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 13: Pope Francis greets Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during the welcome ceremony at Palacio Nacional on February 13, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. Pope Francis will be on a five-day visit in Mexico from February 12 to 17 where he is expected to visit five states. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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“Experience teaches us that each time we seek the path of privileges or benefits for a few to the detriment of the good of all, sooner or later the life of society becomes a fertile soil for corruption, drug trade, exclusion of different cultures, violence and also human trafficking, kidnapping and death, bringing suffering and slowing down development,” Pope Francis told Mexican politicians at the president’s palace.

Like. A. Boss.

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And he made sure the Mexican priests knew they were just as guilty.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 13: Pope Francis observes during a mass for the people at Basilica de Guadalupe on February 13, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. Pope Francis is on a five-day visit in Mexico from February 12 to 17 where he is expected to visit five states. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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In a different speech, Pope Francis told the priests that true pastors will “escape the raging waters that drown so many, either victims of the drug trade or those who stand before God with their hands drenched in blood, though with pockets filled with sordid money and their consciences deadened.”

Dude is so bold, he even took aim at Mexican drug cartels telling Mexican youth to abandon that life.

“It is a lie to believe that the only way to live, or to be young, is to entrust oneself to drug dealers or others who do nothing but sow destruction and death,” he said while in Michoacan. “Jesus would never ask us to be hit men. He would never send us out to death.”

His digs have hit all parts of the world, like when he went after the mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino.

Pope Francis did not agree with the mayor when it came to same-sex marriage and made it no secret that he and the mayor are totally on the outs. “I did not invite Mayor Marino. Is that clear,” the pope told a Vatican press corps member while leaving the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last year.

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Even big, bad Donald Trump isn’t safe from the holy shade.

While visiting the U.S., Pope Francis addressed an excited crowd of Americans outside of Independence Hall where he talked about immigration, just weeks after Trump made his call for a wall on the southern border. “Many of you came to this country at great personal cost, but in the hope of building a new life. Do not feel discouraged by all the challenges and hardships you might face,” the pope said. “I ask you not to forget that, like those who came here before you, you bring many gifts to this new nation of yours.”


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His Holiness even took a well-deserved swipe at the U.S. government… Again, right to their faces.

“We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal,” Pope Francis told Congress.

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The drug cartels of South America also made it onto the Pope’s radar as he called for an end to violence.

“The scourge of drug-trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires an act of courage from society as a whole,” Pope Francis said during his visit to South America.

So, would he agree with legalizing drugs to end the violence? *cue papal eye roll*

“A reduction in the spread and influence of drug addition will not be achieved by a liberalization of drug laws,” Francis said, according to USA Today. “Rather, it is necessary to confront the problems underlying the use of these drugs, by promoting greater justice, educating young people accompanying those in difficulty and giving them hope for the future.”

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