Popular Brazil footballer arrested

A
judge in Brazil has ordered the arrest of one of the country’s top footballers
in connection with the disappearance of his ex-mistress.

Bruno
Fernandes, goalkeeper for the country’s biggest club Flamengo, is being
investigated after Eliza Samudio went missing nearly a month ago.

A
teenage cousin of the footballer told police she had been abducted and was
dead.

Ms
Samudio had said that the married footballer was the father of her baby.

A
judge in Rio de Janeiro ordered that Mr Fernandes be taken into custody while
police investigate the case further.

The
arrest was also ordered of one of his friends, Luiz Henrique Ferreira Romao.

The
warrants were issued after a 17-year-old cousin of Mr Fernandes confessed to
police that he had taken part in Ms Samudio’s abduction together with Mr
Ferreira.

According
to police, the youth told them that Ms Samudio was dead but did not say how nor
where her body was.

Mr
Fernandes’s wife, Dayane Souza, has already been detained in connection with
the case in the city of Belo Horizonte.

Mr
Fernandes told Brazilian radio he had a “clear conscience. In the future
I’ll be able to laugh at all this.”

Flamengo,
based in Rio de Janeiro, is Brazil’s most popular football club.

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