Soccer player convicted of having girlfriend killed out of jail, signs with new team

Brazilian goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes, who was sentenced to 22 years in prison over the murder of his girlfriend, has returned to professional soccer.

The 32-year-old signed with Boa Esporte of the second division on a two-year contract on Tuesday, almost four years after he was convicted of having girlfriend Eliza Samudio murdered before feeding her body to dogs, according to BBC. She disappeared in July of 2010, and he was charged later in the month. 

Fernandes, who has played for clubs such as Flamengo, Corinthians and Atletico Mineiro, was convicted but only served a third of his sentence. 

His lawyers secured his release after a petition for habeas corpus “because the country’s notoriously slow courts had failed for several years to rule on his appeal,” according to The Guardian.    

According to ESPNFC, club sponsors dropped their deals after hearing the news that he had signed with the club.

Mind boggling, isn’t it? Here we have someone, directly linked to and successfully convicted of a murder who was sentenced to 22 years -- of which he only served under seven years -- who now gets to enjoy the beautiful game again due in part to a technicality and the willingness of Boa Esporte, which ironically translates to ‘Good Sport,’ to allow him to play for their club. 

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