Brazilian player faked own kidnapping

Published Jan. 7, 2011 2:10 p.m. ET

Police say Botafogo midfielder Somalia, who claimed he was briefly abducted on his way to training, made up the story because he was running late.

Police chief Juliana Domingues said footage from the player's building showed him entering around 4 a.m. and leaving at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Somalia had alleged he'd been the victim of a kidnapping at 7:15 a.m. that lasted about two hours.

The club said players can have up to 40 percent of their pay docked for tardiness.

Investigators became suspicious when Somalia contradicted himself on details including the kidnapper's outfit.

Domingues says Somalia will be charged for false reporting of a crime. Botafogo issued a statement saying it is looking into possible punishment.