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Villarreal forced to suspend Ruben Semedo after ‘attempted murder’ charge

Villarreal forced to suspend Ruben Semedo after ‘attempted murder’ charge

Villarreal have been forced to suspend central defender Ruben Semedo after he was charged with ‘attempted murder’ last Friday.

The 23-year-old was arrested this week for ‘tying up, hitting and holding a person beyond their will’ in the city of Valencia.

The alleged victim claims he was locked in a room after being tied up, whilst Semedo and two others stole his house keys, broke into his home and carried out theft.

And, the Spanish club have now confirmed that the Portuguese defender will be suspended without pay until the problem is resolved.

“Villarreal CF want to show their dismay after the serious crimes imputed by the judge of Court Number 6 in Lliria to the player Ruben Semedo,” read a statement.

“Always with due respect for the presumption of innocence, the club have decided to suspend the player without pay until a final resolution is made on the disciplinary case that is currently open.”

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.

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

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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.