Brazilian club signs former Flamengo goalkeeper convicted of murder

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Rio de Janeiro, March 11 (IANS) Brazilian third-division football club Boa Esporte has announced the signing of former Flamengo captain Bruno Fernandes de Souza, two weeks after the goalkeeper was released from jail pending an appeal against his conviction for murder.

The 32-year-old, who has not played competitively for seven years, agreed to a two-year deal with the team from Minas Gerais state, club officials said on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Fernandes was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2013 for participating in the murder of his former girlfriend Eliza Samudio.

He was released on February 24 after being granted a writ of habeas corpus by a Supreme Court judge. No date has been set for the appeal hearing.

Fernandes’ career has included spells at Atletico Mineiro, Corinthians and Flamengo. In 2009 he was captain of the Flamengo team that won the Brazilian top-division, the Serie A championship.

–IANS

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