Don’t Allow Murderer to Play Soccer


Target: Ville Mocellin, chairman of Flamengo soccer club

Goal: Demand work release that allows Brazilian murderer to play soccer be rescinded

Brazilian soccer player Bruno Fernandes de Souza, a goalkeeper for one of the biggest soccer clubs in Brazil, Flamengo, is currently serving a 22-year sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Eliza Samudio. He helped to kidnap her and strangle her, before cutting her body into pieces, and feeding her to his rottweilers after she threatened to sue him for child support. Her four-month-old child was later found in a poor community, reportedly abandoned there by the soccer player’s wife.

Brazilian law allows prisoners to be granted a work release if they have exhibited good behavior. De Souza has been in prison since 2010 and after just a few short years is eligible for this work release. De Souza will be accompanied by police escorts to all his games.

“For him, it is a chance to return to play. To the club, he is an athlete who can strengthen the team and a way to invest in the social side,” said Ville Mocellin, chairman of the Flamengo club and the man who signed de Souza. Essentially money and fame have outweighed the dignity of a victim of bloody, hideous murder.

This work release is an absolute outrage, and an insult not only to Eliza Samudio and her family, but to the families of all victims of abuse and murder. This man will be a public persona and a hero to children in Brazil. It is unacceptable that Brazilian authorities are willing to look the other way while he continues to play soccer.

Please sign this petition to demand that Brazilian authorities rescind the work release that allows Bruno Fernandes de Souza the ability to play soccer for his country after his brutal and heinous crime.


Dear Chairman Ville Mocellin,

It is a complete and utter outrage that you would sign Bruno Fernandes de Souza to resume his career after his brutal and heinous crime. You have shown no respect for the murder victim, Eliza Samudio, or her family with this callous move. It is disgusting beyond words that you would allow such a horrible man to play for your club, and promote his bloody image for the children of Brazil to look up to. His crime is too vile to be granted a work release. He is a monster.

Please cancel your contract immediately and rescind all offers to Bruno Fernandes de Souza, the cold-blooded butcher and murderer of Eliza Samudio.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Fernando Souza via Wikimedia Commons

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