Media reports: Rape in a nightclub: Football star Dani Alvez sentenced to several years in prison

Football professional Dani Alves has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison in Spain for sexual aggression.

Media reports: Rape in a nightclub: Football star Dani Alvez sentenced to several years in prison

Football professional Dani Alves has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison in Spain for sexual aggression. The court announced this on Thursday in the regional court of Barcelona in the presence of the defendant, as the state TV station RTVE reported. The Brazilian also had to pay the victim 150,000 euros. The 40-year-old had been in custody for over a year before the verdict after a young woman accused him of forcing her to have sex in a toilet at a nightclub in the Catalan metropolis on the night of December 31, 2022. An appeal could still be lodged against the verdict.

The ex-Barça professional rejected the allegations in the trial two weeks ago. The sexual acts were carried out with the young woman's consent. "She didn't tell me she didn't want to," Alves insisted. "We both enjoyed it." However, he admitted to three judges and the numerous journalists who attended that he had been drunk that night.

During the investigation, Alves initially denied any sexual contact with the then 23-year-old woman, as the Catalan justice system announced. He then explained in court that he had lied at the beginning to “save his marriage.” "I thought my wife wouldn't forgive me."

The public prosecutor's office had demanded nine years in prison and also 150,000 euros in damages. The plaintiff's lawyers wanted to send the footballer behind bars for twelve years.

The woman who accused Alves was questioned behind closed doors at the start of the trial. More than two dozen witnesses and experts were also heard during the three-day criminal trial. Two of the young woman's companions as well as police officers, doctors and nightclub employees said that the young woman was "in shock" after the incident.

The 126-time Seleção international, who also played in Europe for FC Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus Turin, was only arrested three weeks after the incident - on January 20 last year - during a visit to Catalonia . Before his arrest, he had been playing for the UNAM Pumas club in Mexico.

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