​Ex-Barcelona and Middlesbrough player Fabio Rochemback has been arrested for being involved in an illegal cock-fighting ring in his native land of Brazil. 


As reported by the Independent, the former Brazilian international was arrested as part of a police siege in Rio Grande do Sul, where the officers burst in on the on-going cockerel sparring bout and seized 89 of the birds - alongside around £25k in cash which was part of the illegal betting circuit.

Rochemback enjoyed a fairly successful footballing career, and once found himself being spoken as one of the key players in ​Barcelona's future before eventually moving to ​Middlesbrough. Rochemback made 68 appearances for Boro, and scored five goals as well as earning himself a UEFA Cup runners-up medal for the north-east side.


Towards the end of his career, Rochemback was busted for playing a role in cock-fighting during his time playing for Brazilian side Gremio, and is now back in the headlines again for being involved in the unpleasant bloodsport. Cock-fighting is highly popular in Brazil, and sees onlookers shell out huge sums of money when betting on the outcome of the fights.