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Canadian police issue arrest warrant for Lucas Piazon

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Toronto police have issued an arrest warrant for Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon in connection with a sexual assault that took place during last summer's Pan Am games. Piazon, who was part of the Brazil team that earned bronze during the tournament, is alleged (along with teammate Andrey) to have sexually assaulted a 21-year-old on July 25th.

In order to face charges, Piazon would have to be extradited to Canada. He is, of course, currently in the UK, on loan with Championship side Reading, and it's unclear whether or not Canada will attempt to extradite him.

UPDATE: The original report from Canada has since been updated with the following quote:

"We can't go through the extradition process, but when he does come to Ontario, he is arrestable. And as far as the eyes of the Toronto Police Service, they're the same."

-Police Insp. Beaven-Desjardins; source: SportsNet

No matter how this proceeds, that police are seeking the arrest of a Chelsea player is ... disheartening, to say the least.

Obviously we should treat Piazon as innocent until proven guilty, but even getting into a situation in which that needs to be said means he's been making some very bad choices. Yikes.

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