Prosecutors drop sex assault charge against Pan Am soccer player: lawyer

Toronto – The lawyer for a Brazilian soccer player wanted on sexual assault allegations after last summer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto says the charge against his client has been dropped.

Brian Greenspan says prosecutors dismissed the charge against Lucas Domingues Piazon, 21, on Tuesday morning because there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.

He says Toronto police knew the dismissal was inevitable and were wrong to tarnish the reputation of an international soccer star.

Greenspan says Piazon, who plays for Reading on loan from Chelsea, has lived “under a cloud of global suspicious” since the October 29 news conference announcing the charge.

Toronto police at the time announced that warrants had been issued for Piazon and Andrey Da Silva Ventura, 22, who both played for the Brazilian soccer team in the Pan Am Games.

Piazon was sought on an Ontario warrant, meaning he could be arrested if he returned to the province.

By Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

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