Brazilian former Bayern Munich defender Breno, 22, was sentenced
to three years and nine months in prison by a Munich court on
Wednesday after being found guilty of setting fire to his own
house last year.
Breno, whose full name is Vinicius Rodrigues Borges, was found to
have started the fire that almost totally destroyed his luxury
house in the Munich suburb of Gruenewald on September 20, 2011.
He was believed to have been drunk at the time.
During the trial, Breno did not reveal whether the fire -- which
caused damage worth an estimated one million euros ($1.3m) -- had
been started deliberately but did apologise.
Prosecutors had wanted a sentence of five-and-a-half years, while
the Brazilian's lawyers asked for a two-year suspended sentence
to be imposed.
German media said that he had seen a doctor at a psychiatric
clinic at the request of his club the day before he was
questioned about the fire.
Breno escaped the fire with slight smoke inhalation but was
otherwise uninjured. His wife, their son and two other children
from his previous relationship were not at the house at the time.
Breno was called up by the Brazilian national time for the first
time in 2011.
He made just 13 appearances for Bayern in season 2010/11 and did
not play a single game last season as he struggled to overcome a
knee injury and has since left the club after his contract