Arrest warrants issued to two Brazilian soccer players – who are they?

Toronto police have confirmed that arrest warrants have been issued to two Brazilian soccer players who have been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Toronto during their time in Canada for the Pan Am Games. They were in the city for a month to take part in the competition.

The two men that have been accused are Chelsea star Lucas Piazon who is currently playing for Reading FC on loan, and Andrey Da Silva Ventura who plays as a goalkeeper for Brazilian club Botafogo-SP. Both men had returned to Brazil on the 27th of July, two days after the alleged incident had occurred. Both of the men have been charged with sexual violence.

The 21-year-old woman had gone to the Drake Hotel in Toronto with a friend and that is where she met the two men, said Sex Crimes Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins. The two men then accompanied the woman back to a residence where the woman went to sleep. It is alleged that she was sexually assaulted while she was asleep. The two men left the residence when she woke up.

Piazon wanted an Ontario-wide mandate so he cannot be extradited. Ventura meanwhile faces a Canada-wide warrant and the police have said that they will begin the process to bring him back to Toronto to face charges.

“Because we don’t have a treaty with Brazil, we’ll have to go through the extradition process,” said Beaven-Desjardins. “When he does travel, especially being part of an international team, we’ll be notified of his movements.”

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