By Nicole Froio, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ex-Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes was condemned to 22 years and three months in jail this week, but the sentence now runs the risk of being overturned by a motion made by the defense lawyers. The defense, led by lawyer Francisco Simim has submitted an appeal to cancel the jury's decision.

Mr. Simim claims that fragments of the case disappeared, and that judge was not being objective when conducting trial because of her criminal law background. Simim told O Globo: "This sentence should not have been given."

Fernandes was accused . . .

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