Brazilian soccer goalie, who had ex-girlfriend murdered and fed to dogs, responds to backlash — ‘Mistakes happen in life’
Brazilian goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza wants people to forget about his horrendous crime so he could revive his soccer career.
“I made a mistake, a serious one, but mistakes happens in life – I’m not a bad guy,” Fernandes de Souza told The Guardian, according to The Sun. “People tried to bury my dream because of one mistake, but I asked God for forgiveness, so I’m carrying on with my career, dude.”
Fernandes de Souza ordered the murder of his then girlfriend, Eliza Samudio, who was tortured, beaten and strangled before her body was chopped up and fed to a pack of Rottweilers back in 2010.
He was sentenced to 22 years in jail in 2013 for his part in the crime, but was let out a legal technicality after just six years in prison.
Fernandes de Souza was just signed by second-tier Brazilian soccer club Boa Esporte to a two-year contract despite his past.
Boa Esporte has been under fire since the move with three sponsors dropping from the team and hackers condemning the the decision on their website.
Despite the negative reaction, Boa Esporte president Rone Moraes da Costa didn’t seem to care what people think.
“If this city doesn’t like it, I move us to another city. Bruno deserves this chance,” Moraes da Costa told The Sun.
Before he went to jail, Fernandes de Souza was one of the top young Brazilian soccer prospects and there were rumors of him being on the 2014 World Cup team.
Samudio was suing Fernandes de Souza at the time of the crime for child support. She went missing and Bruno would later admit that he was involved in the plan of her murder.