Boa Esporte fans are divided over the latest player contract. The Minas Gerais football club signed ex-Flamengo goalkeeper “Bruno”. The player only recently left prison for the murder of his former mistress and mother of his son, Eliza Samudio.
Although he received a sentence of 22 years, he hadn’t quite completed his 7th year before the judge ordered his release last Tuesday. The 32-year-old’s case remains open, however he has the right to appeal the decision in freedom.
For the women protesting in the city of Varginha, MG, his freedom doesn’t mean he should be allowed to play.
“We understand that the judge let him go, but we are protesting the decision of Boa Esporte to sign a player who still has to answer to the law,” says one of the protestors this Tuesday. “While we support the reintegration of ex-cons, we think it should be equal for everybody. The same treatment for the rich as for the poor.”
The protesters asked Brazilian media not to identify them, as they have received death threats from the players’ fans.
“The idolatry with which fans treat this defendant of feminicide is worrisome,” says another protester. “Soccer is a glamourous world … it’s setting a bad example for our youth and children.”
Despite the protests, Boa Esporte won’t be going back on its decision to sign the goalie. Moreover, Bruno’s contract has the wholehearted support of many of its fans.
The murder case
Bruno met the aspiring model and porn actress Eliza Samudio, with whom he went out for a brief moment, at a party in 2008. Days after they broke up, Samudio revealed she was pregnant – something that Bruno didn’t receive well.
In 2009, the young woman filed two lawsuits against Bruno – one to make him recognize the paternity of her child, and another for assault. Samudio said that Bruno and two other men forced her to take abortive pills. Abortions, of course, are illegal in Brazil. Eliza and Bruno’s son was born in February 2010.
In June of that same year, the former Flamengo player lured Samudio to Rio de Janeiro, promising her a flat and hefty alimony payments. Bruno had instead planned on murdering Samudio with the help of a few close friends. The whereabouts of her body remain a mystery.
Last year, the player’s brother told the police that Samudio’s body was in a small city of Minas Gerais. However, the police have never managed to find it.