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Ex-Barcelona midfielder arrested in Brazil for truly bizarre reason

Fabio Rochemback, who played for Barcelona and Brazil, was reportedly arrested after being accused of involvement in cock fighting

Fabio Rochemback. Remember him?

A cursory glance at his Wikipedia page shows a couple of caps for Brazil, four years at Barcelona, two of which were on loan, not to forget a three-year stint at Middlesbrough.

But soon it will show something else, after a rather bizarre story emerged from Brazil.

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Yep, that’s right.

According to Globo Esporte Rochemback was arrested in connection with alleged cock-fighting.

While his father has denied the reports Globo Esporte said a raid was carried out in Palmeira das Missoes in which fighting roosters, cash and a shotgun were found.

An example of fighting roosters

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An example of fighting roosters

Rochemback’s last game for Middlesbrough was the 8-1 win against Man City in which even Afonso Alves managed to score.

He saw out his career in China playing for Dalian Yifang, as they are now known.

But, if the reports are true, he’ll forever be remembered as the Brazil international who was arrested with 89 cocks and a load of cash.