Brazilian goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza was just let out of jail, serving only part of his sentence for ordering the murder of his girlfriend and feeding her remains to his rottweilers. Now he has claimed that he's 'not a bad guy' in the lead up to his return to football.
The Sun reports he was released on a legal technicality after he spent just six years behind bars, despite being sentenced to 22 years.
Bruno confessed to his involvement in the 2010 crime. The court heard that he conspired with friends and ordered the torture and killing of his former partner and the mother of his children, Eliza Samudio. He then fed her remains to his rottweilers.
The timing of the murder was soon after Samudio had initiated a legal battle over child support for their son.
Following his release, Bruno has now signed on to a new football team, Boa Esporte, and sparked outrage from the public.
In his first interview since being released from jail, he is quoted as saying to The Guardian, “Dude, what happened, happened.
“I made a mistake, a serious one, but mistakes happens in life — I’m not a bad guy.
“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. I’m starting over.”
The President of Boa Esporte is standing by him, saying that he is not concerned about the backlash of hiring Bruno.
“If this city doesn’t like it, I move us to another city. Bruno deserves this chance.” he said.