Former Brazilian international, Ronaldinho Gaucho was ordered to remain in jail in Paraguay on Saturday after a judge ruled him a flight risk.
The ex-Barcelona forward was arrested on Friday for attempting to enter Paraguay with a false passport two days earlier and spent Friday night in a police cell alongside his brother and business manager Roberto Assis.
The pair asked to be released into house arrest but that was rejected by the judge, who also dismissed Assis’s claims to have a heart problem because he showed no proof.
The duo had petitioned for release but judge Clara Ruiz Diaz said their alleged offence was a “serious one against the interests of the Paraguayan state”. Because the pair posed a flight risk they must remain in custody, she added.
Ronaldinho’s lawyer said he found the decision “incredible” and would appeal.
“He (Ronaldinho) doesn’t understand what’s going on,” Tarek Tuma told reporters.