Judge rules Ronaldinho must remain in Paraguayan jail

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Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho Gaucho was ordered to remain in jail after a judge ruled him a flight risk.

Ronaldinho was arrested on Friday for attempting to enter Paraguay with a false passport two days earlier and spent Friday night in a police cell along with his brother and business manager Roberto Assis.

Judge Clara Ruiz Diaz said their alleged offence was a “serious one against the interests of the Paraguayan state”.

The pair asked to be released into house arrest but that was rejected by the judge, who also dismissed Assis’s claims to have a heart problem because he showed no proof.

Because the pair posed a flight risk they must remain in custody, she added.