• An Nguyen

Bruno: Convicted of murdering ex-girlfriend, goalkeeper makes controversial return to soccer

After serving seven years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend and feeding her to dogs, Brazilian goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza is back in the game, signed by Boa Esporte.

In 2010, he was arrested and was later found guilty of homicide, kidnapping, and hiding the body of his ex- girlfriend, Eliza Samudio. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Boa Esporte's president, Rone Moraes da Costa, says the team isn't committing any crimes by signing the 32-year-old, who formerly played for one of Brazil's most famous clubs, Flamengo, and was tipped to line up for the national team at the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

There has been backlash and public outcry ever since Boa Esporte made the decision to sign Bruno. In the past few days, Boa Esporte has lost a few of its sponsor.

A petition has been made to protest against Bruno from being hired by Boa Esporte. According to CNN.com, there have been over 35,000 signatures. Some support the decision saying Bruno committed the crime and paid for it.

Bruno has yet to comment on his return to the football team, but Boa Esporte says he will be available for a media conference later on.