Former Barcelona midfielder 'arrested over cock fight'

Ex-Barca star 'arrested over cock fight'
Former Barcelona and Middlesbrough midfielder Fabio Rochemback is reportedly arrested as part of a cock-fighting raid.

Former Barcelona midfielder Fabio Rochemback has reportedly been arrested in his native Brazil for cock-fighting.

The 35-year-old spent four years at Camp Nou before departing for Middlesbrough in 2005 and has been out of the game for the last three years.

According to Globoesporte, Rochemback was arrested for "an environmental crime" following a police raid in Palmeira das Missoes in southern Brazil.

The broadcaster alleges that 89 "fighting roosters" and a shotgun were seized in the raid, where spectators are thought to have been betting on fights between the cocks in question.

Rochemback has previous form with cock-fighting, having been reprimanded by police in 2011 after cocks were discovered in a building he owned in his homeland.

Marc Overmars and Rivaldo celebrate Barcelona's goal against Liverpool on November 20, 2001.
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