Ruben Semedo Charged with Attempted Murder; Agent Says Semedo Is the Victim

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2018

Villarreal's Portuguese defender Ruben Semedo arrives escorted by a Spanish Guardia Civil guards at the couthouse in Lliria, on February 22, 2018. 
Semedo was arrested on February 20, 2018 on suspicion of holding somebody against their will and causing injury, a source close to the investigation told AFP. It is not the first time Portuguese under-21 international Semedo has been in trouble with police since signing for Villarreal from Sporting Lisbon prior to this season. He was arrested in November following an alleged altercation at a nightclub, for which he is awaiting trial.
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Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo has been charged with attempted murder by a Spanish judge and has been held in custody without bail.

As reported by the Associated Press, the 23-year-old has also been charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention and illegal possession of firearms after testifying in court on Thursday in Lliria, Spain.

The Portuguese youth international has been accused of assaulting and threatening a man a week ago after taking him captive. It's also alleged Semedo had two accomplices while they robbed the victim's property.

Semedo's agent, however, told TSF (h/t Victor Franch of Marca) the case has more to it:

"Explaining right now is hard, Ruben was victim of a fraud, of a huge trick, probably financial.

"In this situation he didn't react very correctly, but he was the victim.

"What I have seen on Spanish television is a disgraceful situation, really bad. Ruben was not involved in that."

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It's added that Villarreal are set to launch their own investigation and will take action against the player accordingly. Semedo has denied any involvement in the crime.

As noted by Football Espana, it's been reported that shots were fired in an attempt to scare the victim at the time of the alleged theft.

The defender moved to Villarreal from Sporting CP last summer. Journalist Jan Hagen noted the switch hasn't gone to plan:

Jan Hagen @PortuBall

Rúben Semedo's timeline at Villarreal: June: €14m move from Sporting August: Debut October: Injured and alleged assault with a glass bottle November: Charged for threatening two men with a gun at a night club December: New injury February: Arrested for tying up and beating a man https://t.co/xP8Evw8zzH

Semedo was rated highly during his time in Lisbon, and big things were expected of him before his switch to La Liga. However, he's made just five appearances for his new club.

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