A man in Brazil has been arrested for stabbing his wife to death during a row over their rival football teams.
Cops in the footie-mad nation arrested Leonardo Souza Ceschini, 34, in the district of Sao Domingo in the city of Sao Paulo after he allegedly stabbed his wife several times during a row in the early hours of 31st January.
The police were called to the couple’s house, where they reportedly found mum-of-two Erica Fernandes Ceschini, 34, lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood.
An ambulance was called, and Erica was pronounced dead at the scene. Leonardo was taken to hospital under police escort where he is currently recovering from injuries to the abdomen.
The police believe the businessman killed his wife during a row over football.
Erica supported Palmeiras and was celebrating her team’s one-nil victory over Santos in the Copa Libertadores final on 30th January.
This reportedly angered Leonardo, who supported Palmeiras’ arch rivals Corinthians. The rivalry between the two Sao Paulo clubs is widely considered Brazil’s biggest.
The suspect told the police that his wife attacked him with a knife first, but he managed to wrestle it from her before stabbing her numerous times.
However, Erica’s sister took to social media to slam the suspect’s version of events, writing: “My sister Erica was brutally killed by my brother-in-law.
“He stabbed my sister in the back and legs after physically assaulting her. Then, after realising the gravity of his own actions, he stabbed himself to claim self-defence.”
Erica was buried in the nearby municipality of Maua, where her family hails from, on 1st February. She leaves behind two young twin sons whose father is Leonardo.
Leonardo is being investigated on suspicion of murder.
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