Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
This former Flamengo goalkeeper sentenced to over 20 years in prison for ordering the murder of his former girlfriend has been allowed to sign for a club that plays in the Brazilian fourth tier.
Former Flamengo superstar Bruno Fernandes, 35, was sentenced to 20 years and nine months in prison in 2013 after he ordered the assassination of his former girlfriend and Brazilian model Eliza Samudio, 25, and kidnapped his son Bruninho.
Samudio’s body was never found after she went missing in 2010. Investigators for the case reportedly said her body was never found because it was dismembered and fed to dogs by the authors of the crime however it is unclear if it was ever proven.
The news shook Brazil as Fernandes was playing for Brazilian club giants Flamengo and was the squad’s captain since May 2009. He was also reportedly working towards a cap with Brazil.
Fernandes has since been allowed to enter a semi-open house arrest regime after his sentence in 2013.
This allows him to work as a footballer during the day but he has to check in with the authorities at night. He is not allowed to leave the city without permission.
Fernandes reportedly entered this less restrictive regimen in September 2017 after being released in February 2017 with a petition for habeas corpus because the country’s courts had failed for several years to rule on his appeal.
Local media report Fernandes has signed for Brazilian side CE Operario Varzea-Grandense which is based in the municipality of Verdao Cuiaba in the state of Mato Grosso in the Central-West region of Brazil.
They compete in the state league of Mato Grosso and in the Brazilian fourth-tier Serie D.
The Mato Gross State Council for Women’s Rights criticised the move saying that Fernandes has “shown a profound hatred and total disrespect to women” after his “cruel and barbaric treatment” of Samudio.
The club has reportedly lost a sponsor since making the announcement. However, club supervisor Andre Xela told local media they had no intention of going back on Fernandes’ acquisition.
Local media report Operario Varzea-Grandense will play a Mato Grosso league match today (Tuesday) against Pocone and are expected to make the controversial keeper’s presentation once it is finished.
Fernandes is reportedly serving a semi-open house arrest sentence in the municipality Varginha located in the state of Minas Gerais but is expected to move to the state of Mato Grosso where his club is based after he reportedly received permission from the authorities.
The Brazilian prison system allows a prisoner to enter a less restrictive regime from a closed regime, semi-open regime and open regime after he or she serves a determined amount of their sentence.
Fernandes was Brazilian Serie A champion with Flamengo in 2009.
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