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Semedo’s agent claims his client is ‘victim of fraud’

Ruben Semedo’s agent has vowed to clear his name after a series of arrests, claiming his client is a ‘victim of financial fraud’.

The Portuguese centre-back has been charged with ‘tying up, beating and detaining a man’ along with two other men at his home in the city of Valencia.

Semedo has been involved with Spanish police before since arriving at Villarreal last summer, being arrested twice previous, having been accused of possessing a firearm in a nightclub and smashing a glass bottle over a man’s head in a separate incident.

The complainant alleges that he was locked in a room after being immobilised and tied down, whilst Semedo and the accused two other men – broke into his apartment and stole various personal items.

Villarreal have since opened an internal investigation into the matters, whilst police are filing charges against the defender.

However, his agent Catio Balde now claims his client has been a victim of financial fraud and that he will do all he can to clear his name in Spanish courts.

“Ruben is the victim of fraud, which is likely to be financial, although explaining the situation at the moment is not easy,” Balde is cited as saying by Marca.

“It is fair to say that in this circumstance he has not acted correctly but ultimately he is the victim, and reports on Spanish TV are really bad and not representative.

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“The alleged kidnapping never took place, there was no kidnapping and no torture, it was not Ruben’s gun that was found in his house.

“We will know more and be able to explain more after the court hearing, it will become clear.”

Semedo joined the Spanish club last summer from Sporting Lisbon but has found playing time hard to come by, featuring in just four league games, spending more time on the sidelines through injury.

Semedo began his career with Sporting, before spells with Spanish lower league side Reus on loan and Vitoria Setubal.

Having developed through Sporting’s ranks, the defender made his international debut for the Portuguese U21 side in 2016, but he is yet to receive a full senior call up.

Prior to the above mentioned incidents, Semedo has been relatively professional on and off the field, having three career red cards, which came for Sporting and twice for Vitoria.

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