Angel Cabrera: Golfer arrested in Brazil for extradition, police say

South America’s most successful golfer, Angel Cabrera, has been arrested in Brazil for extradition to his native Argentina to face charges over several alleged crimes.

The two-time major title winner, who was on Interpol’s red code list, was held by federal officers in Rio de Janeiro.

A police statement said an arrest was made in an upper class area of the city, but did not name the suspect, describing him only as a 51-year-old Argentine.

Two federal police sources based in Rio separately confirmed that Cabrera was the detained man, the Associated Press said.

The arrest was authorised by Brazil’s top court and the man will be held until he is returned to Argentina, the police statement said.

Officials in Argentina have charged a suspect with assault, theft, illegal intimidation and repeated disrespect to authorities between 2016 and last year, the statement added.

Cabrera’s former wife, Silva Rivadero, filed two charges against the golfer, Argentinian media reported earlier this month.

Another former partner of his, Cecilia Torres, had also made claims against the golfer, the reports added.

Cabrera won the US Open in 2007 and the Masters two years later and has tournament victories on both the PGA and European tours.

He has most recently been active on the PGA Tour Champions circuit for players aged over 50.

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