Former Barcelona and Brazil football legend, Dani Alves, might potentially receive a nine-year prison sentence if convicted of sexual assault against a woman at a nightclub in Spain. Prosecutors are advocating for this sentence, along with £130,000 in damages and a 10-year probation, as the case progresses to the trial stage in Spain.
Alves, 40, was arrested on January 20 and has been held in a prison outside Barcelona.
The ex-Sevilla, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain defender refutes any allegations of misconduct, asserting that the encounter was consensual. Earlier this month, he was instructed to stand trial, a decision influenced by his changing testimony on four occasions.
Alves, who had been arrested in January for the alleged sexual assault that occurred in the bathroom of Barcelona’s Sutton nightclub on December 30, was denied bail by judges.
During the alleged incident, Alves was representing the Mexican club UNAM, and due to concerns that he might flee, judges considered him a flight risk, leading to the termination of his contract by UNAM. Alves has maintained his innocence, asserting that the relationship was consensual.
He expressed confidence in being proven not guilty, stating that he would never force a sexual act on anyone. Additionally, his wife, model Joana Sanz, seemed to indicate a separation from the footballer in a social media post dated March 15.
In a handwritten letter, she said ‘it will take years to erase from my memory his way of looking at me’ and ‘here is a strong woman moving