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Brazil club signs goalkeeper convicted in girlfriend's death

FILE - This April 7, 2010 file photo shows Flamengo's goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza during a soccer game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Boa Esporte, a Brazilian soccer club, presented Souza on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, to announce his signing as goalkeeper. Souza was convicted in the killing of an ex-girlfriend, prompting outrage from many. He is free while appealing a 22-year prison sentence. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

FILE - This April 7, 2010 file photo shows Flamengo's goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza during a soccer game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Boa Esporte, a Brazilian soccer club, presented Souza on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, to announce his signing as goalkeeper. Souza was convicted in the killing of an ex-girlfriend, prompting outrage from many. He is free while appealing a 22-year prison sentence. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Brazilian soccer club is signing a goalkeeper who was convicted in the killing of an ex-girlfriend — prompting outrage from many.

Boa Esporte presented Bruno Fernandes de Souza on Tuesday. In a news conference transmitted by ESPN Brazil, Souza said he was thankful for the opportunity.

In his words, "people run from me because of what happened in the past."

Indeed, several sponsors have said they'll drop the team in protest.

Souza is free while appealing a 22-year prison sentence for ordering a friend to murder Eliza Samudio and conceal her body. He was recently released while he appeals.

Boa Esporte is a second division club in Varginha, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) northwest of Rio de Janeiro.

The 32-year-old Souza previously starred for Rio de Janeiro-based Flamengo.