Breno case clouds Bayern success

Posted: May 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm


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Bayern Munich were probably the most impressive team in the Champions League this week but as any pessimist will tell you, every silver lining has a cloud, or in the Bavarians' case a roaring fire.

Bayern outplayed Premier League moneybags Manchester City, their 2-0 win a just reward for an outstanding display at the stadium that will host this season's final.

In England, the result was overshadowed by Carlos Tevez's one-man strike, but Bayern fans were aghast this week after defender Breno was held in police custody, accused of burning down his own house.

The Brazilian defender, who has played more than 20 games since being signed for 11 million, was alone in his luxury villa in the swanky Munich district of Gruenwald when a fire ripped through the property, causing more than a million euros of damage.

Forensic tests suggest that the fire was set deliberately.

So the 21-year-old Breno, or plain old Herr Vinicius Rodrigues Borges as he is now known to Munich police, is the prime suspect.

Considered a flight risk, he remains in a police cell.

With the suicide of German national goalkeeper Robert Enke a recent memory, the country is sensitive to players' mental health. Breno's psychiatrist rushed to the player's defence.

"Professional football is not just a question of injured muscles or knees," declared Professor Florian Holsbauer. ''We must also deal with the psyche, the injuries in the brain."

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