Boa Esporte, a second-tier Brazilian soccer club has been extremely criticized for signing a convicted murderer as a goalkeeper. Bruno Fernandes de Souza, who was recently released from jail convicted for ordering the 2010 killing of his ex-girlfriend and having her body fed to his dogs, was signed to a two-year contract, according to a report from The Guardian.
Bruno was released after only serving 7 years of his 22-year sentence because the courts did not rule on his appeal.
Since the controversial signing, three sponsors dropped Boa Esporte and a protest has been planned for outside the club’s stadium.
The NY Daily News reports:
Samudio’s mother filed a lawsuit aimed at sending Bruno back to prison under the premise that he posed a threat to her grandson. However, that suit failed and Bruno, 32, is now back in the business of soccer.
According to the Associated Press, Bruno expressed gratitude for the chance to return to soccer in a press conference transmitted by ESPN Brazil, and also said, “people run from me because of what happened in the past.”
Boa Esporte’s president, Rone Moraes da Costa, said in a statement that the club was helping Bruno return to society by giving him the “dignity of work.” The statement did not mention Samudio or the murder of her.