Rio de Janeiro (AFP)
A Brazilian football club's plan to sign a goalkeeper convicted
in the murder -- and alleged feeding to dogs -- of his girlfriend
sparked outrage Monday.
Bruno Fernandes, commonly known as simply Bruno, was due to sign
a contract later Monday with the second division club Boa
Esporte. He was released from prison last month after an appeal
to the Supreme Court.
Boa Esporte in the southeastern city of Varginha has insisted it
will not waver in bringing the 32-year-old former first division
Flamengo keeper back into the game. However, pressure mounted
over the weekend from sponsors and furious reactions on social
Three backers have dropped the club and the biggest sponsor, a
holding company called Gois and Silva, warned that it would also
pull out unless Bruno is barred. "We will meet with the
management of the club to demand that they rethink their decision
on recruiting Bruno," the group said in a statement.
Bruno had been incarcerated since 2010 for his role in the
kidnapping, imprisonment and killing of Eliza Samudio, whom he'd
got pregnant. In 2013 he was sentenced to 22 years behind bars.
Samudio's body has never been found and Bruno admitted in court
that her body had been fed in pieces to dogs.
If his signing goes ahead, Bruno was scheduled to be presented by
the club on Tuesday. The club's website was down Monday after
being hacked by protesters on Sunday.