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.
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.
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.
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.