Villarreal player Ruben Semedo arrested after ‘violent incident’, holding person against their will

In this file photo taken last year, Villarreal's Portuguese defender Ruben Semedo (R) vies with Astana's forward from Kazakhstan Roman Murtazayev. (AFP)
Updated 20 February 2018
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Villarreal player Ruben Semedo arrested after ‘violent incident’, holding person against their will

MADRID: Villarreal’s Portuguese defender Ruben Semedo, a teammate of Saudi Arabian international Salem Al-Dawsari, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of holding somebody against their will and causing injury, a source close to the investigation told AFP.
Semedo, 23, was taken into custody after being arrested at his home in the early hours of Tuesday, the source said.
Valencia newspaper Las Provincias reported that a complaint was made against Semedo by the alleged victim on February 12 following a “violent incident.”
The alleged victim, a man, said he was “tied up, beaten and held by Semedo and two other men at the player’s villa in Betera,” near Valencia, Las Provincias said.
Villarreal later issued a statement saying they had opened disciplinary proceedings against the player to investigate what had happened.
“The club will take the appropriate strict disciplinary measures based on the seriousness of the incidents,” said the club, who are currently sixth in La Liga.
Las Provincias said that the alleged victim was locked in a bedroom while the men took the key to his apartment in order to “rob money or get hold of something that could have held them responsible for another offense.”
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.


Mexico win again at the World Cup by beating South Korea 2-1

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Mexico win again at the World Cup by beating South Korea 2-1

ROSTOV-ON-DON: Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored a goal each to move Mexico closer to a spot in the round of 16 by beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday at the World Cup.
Mexico, who upset defending champion Germany in their opening match, took the lead when Vela converted from the penalty spot in the 26th minute. The Mexicans were awarded the penalty after Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.
Hernandez added the second in the 66th, scoring his 50th goal for Mexico. He hit the ball low past goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo after collecting a pass from Hirving Lozano.
Son Heung-min scored a consolation goal for South Korea in injury time, sending a powerful shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
The South Koreans, who have lost their opening two matches, kept Ochoa under pressure throughout the match with Son often out-sprinting the Mexican defense.
Mexico relied on keeping possession and long-range shots, with a powerful attempt from Andreas Guardado forcing an athletic save from Jo in the second half. A volley from Vela skimmed the bar minutes later.
Mexican fans avoided using a chant, which is considered to be homophobic by FIFA, against the opposing goalkeeper.
The chant earned the country’s soccer federation a fine after the previous match.