(UK Daily Mail) -- A star Brazilian goalkeeper jailed for 22 years for ordering the kidnap and murder of his girlfriend, who was dismembered and fed to his pet dogs, has been released to play football.
Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 28, confessed to the horrific crimes last March after his ex-girlfriend Eliza Samudio was murdered.
But despite his confession and prison sentence, the goalkeeper was allowed to sign a five-year contract with Montes Claros of the Campeonato Mineiro, upi.com reported.
It means Bruno will be allowed to leave prison on day release, accompanied by a police escort, to train with the team and play in matches.
The former Flamengo captain is said to have wanted his ex-partner dead so he could avoid paying child support after she gave birth to his love child.
Her dead body was allegedly fed to Bruno's pet rottweilers.
Bruno, who was tipped to play for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, was sentenced to 22 years and three months for the murder.
He has been behind bars since 2010 and is now able to take advantage of a provision in Brazilian law that allows a prisoner more freedom after three or four years, so long as they have shown good behaviour.
Montes Claros club president, Ville Mocellin, confirmed the controversial decision.
'We want to give an opportunity to the man Bruno,' he told OTempo.
'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.'