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Romario held for child payment failure
Updated: 2004-08-08 14:26

Former Brazil striker Romario was held by police in Rio De Janeiro on Saturday after failing to make child maintenance payments, his lawyer told a national radio station.

The gifted and temperamental player, who inspired Brazil to their fourth World Cup win in 1994, turned himself in at a Rio police station after his first wife pressed charges against him for failing to make payments to their two children, lawyer Michel Assef told Brazil's CBN national radio network.

Romario's manager Luis Moraes failed to confirm that the player had been arrested as was widely reported in the Brazilian media, according to a Reuters report.

Romario was due to play a Brazilian championship game for his club Fluminense against Parana later on Saturday.

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