Brazilian second division club, Boa Esporte have signed goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes, who was convicted for killing his ex-girlfriend and feeding her to his dogs.
Fernandes, known in Brazil as Bruno, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the 2010 murder of Eliza Samudio.
According to reports, the former Flamengo player was released last month on a legal technicality.
“I am very happy for the opportunity I have been given,” said Bruno at a news conference.
The signing has been widely condemned in Brazil, and has sparked protests from fans and the withdrawal of several Boa Esporte sponsors.
Both Boa Esporte’s main sponsor, Gois and Silva Group, and kit maker Kanxa have removed themselves from association with the club as a result.
At his news conference, Bruno, who has been released pending an appeal, refused to answer questions about the murder of Ms Samudio, his former partner and mother of his child.
Although Ms Samudio was never found, Bruno’s cousin told the court her body had been fed to dogs.