Brazilian soccer player's mother freed by kidnappers

Friday, December 17, 2004

SANTOS, Brazil — Miss Marina Souza, aged 43, mother of Robson de Souza - known as Robinho (Little Robin) - a Brazilian soccer player for the Santos Football Club has been released Friday, December, 17 by her kidnappers at Santa Cruz Street, in Perus, a district of São Paulo city, after 40 days been captive. She was kidnapped last Saturday, November 6, in Praia Grande, São Paulo, during a barbecue with her relatives.

Right after been released she asked for help in neighborhood, she contacted her son and called the police officers. She was sent to the hospital and the doctors said she is well although a little dehydration and a phew pounds more lean. A ransom (the quantity has not been revealed) has been paid by family and friends.

The police said they are still investigating and they didn't give more details about the case.

Sunday, December 18, Santos will play the last game of the Brazilian Championship and according to Robinho and his coach there are good chances of he playing. Robinho has not been playing (only trainning) with his team Santos since his mother has been kidnapped.

Santos Football Club only needs a victory against the other team Vasco da Gama to be claimmed the Brazilian Champion of 2004 over its only adversary in championship Atlético Paranaense.