Brazilian media report the mother of soccer star Rogerio has been kidnapped, making the abduction the fourth of its kind in the past several months.
The reports say three gunmen abducted Ines Fidelis Regis late Monday from her home in Campinas, 100 kilometers from Sao Paulo. Her captors reportedly have not made contact with the family.
Rogerio plays for Portugal's Sporting Lisbon.
The kidnapping of mothers of soccer players has become more common. In February, the mother of Sao Paulo striker Grafite was held for one day. She was not harmed during the incident. Two other mothers of soccer players have been kidnapped since December.
Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.