Ronaldinho passport seizure upheld by Brazilian court

Ronaldinho, Heineken Ambassador, is pictured ahead of a press briefing with the UEFA trophy during the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour Presented by Heineken at the Hilton Hotel, in Addis Ababa on 14 April 2018.

A court in Brazil has upheld a decision to seize the passports of former World Cup winner Ronaldinho and his brother Assis Moreira.

A panel of Brazil's Superior Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that the former Barcelona star should not be allowed to travel because of an ongoing lawsuit over alleged environmental crimes.

Ronaldinho can still appeal the decision. His passport was seized in November because of unpaid damages of $2.1m (£1.6m) in the case.

The suit is related to the illegal construction of a fishing platform and a berth on the shores of the Guaiba river in his hometown of Porto Alegre in 2015.

Ronaldinho did not have the environmental license to build in the region.

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