Bruno Fernandes de Souza, the up-and-coming Brazilian goalie, is asking the world to forgive him for admittedly committing a heinous crime. He says it was simply a bad mistake.
This plea for forgiveness comes after he realized his soccer career was in jeopardy because of his past crime. He wants a comeback, and forgiveness is needed to move forward.
Back in 2010, Eliza Samudio was murdered under the direction of Fernandes de Souza. She was his ex-girlfriend, who was battling him in court for child support.
Samudio was beaten, tortured and strangled to death. Her body was then chopped up into pieces, and fed to a pack of Rottweilers. Although Fernandes de Souza didn’t commit the murder, he ordered it, making him just as culpable for his baby’s mother’s death.
He was tried for his part in the murder. And, in 2013, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison. After about six years, he was released from prison due to a legal technicality.
Now, in his pleas to the public, he wants back into the soccer world so he can revive his career, telling The Guardian:
“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.”
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.