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Defender’s Attack: Olympiakos’ Ruben Semedo found guilty of robbery, assault, and kidnapping

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Olympiakos center back Ruben Semedo has been given an eight-year ban from visiting Spain and a five-year suspended sentence after being convicted of robbery, kidnapping, assault, and more. 


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The offences were found to be carried out by the 26-year-old in 2018 during his stint with the La Liga side Villareal. He was initially found guilty in 2018 for a separate incident and spend five months in jail and got out on bail by paying €30,000 to keep his football career going.

Semedo admitted to many of the charges which also included the illegal possession of a firearm. He reportedly pleaded to the court that he was committing these crimes due to the influence of a third party, to whom he owed money.

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The 26-year-old was found guilty of brandishing a gun and threatening to cut the finger of the victim in the 2018 incident, which took place in Valencia. Semedo will have to compensate for his crimes by paying a fine of 46,000 Euros.

Ruben Semedo’s blast from the past

These are not the first offences committed by the player as he was found guilty of allegedly breaking into a man’s home and carrying out a large scale theft along with two other men. The victim had claimed that Semedo proceeded to tie him up and assault while the others stole the key and robbed him.

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As a result of this incident, Villareal suspended the player without pay. Semedo was then arrested in February 2018 for the crime. Semedo later confessed that he endured a hard time during his time in prison. He said:

“I cried a lot of nights. I never did it in front of anybody, but I was just thinking about my children and my family suffering.”

The player only managed to muster 4 appearances for the yellow submarine while being out on loan for two seasons with Rio Ave and Huesoa.

The La Liga outfit then offloaded him to Greece, with Olympiakos paying €4.5 million to secure the services of the Portuguese center-back.

The player has managed to make 27 appearances for the club and was part of the line-up which faced Premier League side Arsenal in the first leg of the Round of 32 fixture of the UEFA Europa League.

The player earned his first national call-up for the Portugal national team for the October round of Euro 2020 qualifications.

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