Ronaldinho Wont Face Charges Over Forged Passport
March. 06, 2020
Former Barcelona and Brazil attacker Ronaldinho will not face charges over using fake documents to gain entry to Paraguay, says the lead official in the case.
The two-time ballon d'or winner and his brother were both interrogated by immigration officialas on Thursday for having false documents.
Prosecutor Federico Delfino said the pair were aware they had committed an offense but claimed they did so unknowingly.
The pair have agreed to face an alternative punishment instead of jail-time.
"We are looking for a different way out of this that doesn't result in a formal accusation and that recognises that these people were, we can say, taken by surprise," Delfino informed journalists in Asuncion, Paraguay's capital.
Another man who travelled along with Ronaldinho and his brother was interrogated.
A judge will deliberate whether to accept Delfino's recommendation on Friday. An alternative punishment could be a levy paid to a local charity.
Forged passport Ronaldinho used to enter Paraguay
Reuters report that Ronaldinho's lawyer Adolfo Marin could not be reached for comment on the ongoing issue.
The brothers left Guarulhos airport in Sao Paulo on Wednesday with Brazilian passports and were given Paraguayan ones as soon as they landed in Asuncion.
According to Delfino, the brothers reported that the passports were gifts. Further investigation showed that the identification numbers on the passports belonged to other people.
The former AC Milan player had travelled to Paraguay for a book campaign and a campaign for underprivileged children.
Ronaldinho was the 2004 and 2005 Ballon D'or winner and enjoyed his best playing days at Catalan club Barcelona. He won the World Cup in 2002 alongside fellow Brazilian superstars Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos.
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