There has been outrage in Brazil as a league football club completed the final steps in their plan to sign a goalkeeper convicted in relation to the murder - and alleged feeding to dogs - of his girlfriend.
Released from prison Bruno set to play for Boa Esporte
Bruno Fernandes de Souza, commonly known as simply Bruno, was due to sign a contract on Monday with the second division club Boa Esporte, according to reports from local media. He was released from prison last month after an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Boa Esporte in the southeastern city of Varginha had insisted it would not waver in bringing the 32-year-old former first division Flamengo keeper back into the game. However, pressure mounted over the weekend from sponsors and furious reactions on social media.
Three backers have dropped the club and the biggest sponsor, a holding company called Gois and Silva, warned that it would also pull out unless Bruno is barred. 'We will meet with the management of the club to demand that they rethink their decision on recruiting Bruno,' the group said in a statement.
Seven years behind bars for murder
Bruno had been incarcerated since 2010 for his role in the kidnapping, imprisonment and killing of Eliza Samudio, whom he'd got pregnant. In 2013 he was sentenced to 22 years behind bars although this was later reduced.
Samudio's body has never been found and Bruno admitted in court that her body had been fed in pieces to dogs.
Bruno is scheduled to be presented by the club on Tuesday. The club's website was down on Monday after being hacked by protesters on Sunday.