Former Bayern Munich defender Breno received a second chance from his ex-club 13 months after being jailed for setting his Munich villa on fire. The 23-year-old Brazilian will begin working as a part-time assistant youth coach at the Bayern academy while serving out the rest of his three-year and nine-month sentence, the club and player said on Monday.
Breno appeared at a news conference today with club president Uli Hoeness, and expressed his gratitude to Bayern for the chance.
"The time spent in prison, these 13 months, have been hard…I have changed as a person and I have learned a lot. I am happy to have been given this chance by Bayern."
Hoeness added: “Breno is a member of the Bayern family who once had problems. Now there is a glimmer of hope and we want to give it to him.”
Breno will apparently work a five-hour-day with the club as an assistant to the under-23 team, and then will return to prison each evening. Breno is petitioning for early release in 2014.
Breno was jailed in 2011 after he did this to his home:
Fortunately, his family was not in the house at the time and there were no injuries, but Breno was later convicted of arson.