Ex-Barcelona player Alves receives four and a half year prison sentence for rape | Soccer Update

Former Brazilian footballer Dani Alves has been convicted and sentenced to four and a half years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in a Barcelona nightclub in 2022. The top court in Spain’s Catalonia region also ordered Alves to pay 150,000 euros to the victim.

The Provincial Court of Barcelona stated, “The sentence considers that it has been proven that the victim did not consent and that there is evidence, in addition to the testimony of the plaintiff, to consider the rape proven.”

Alves, who had maintained that the sex was consensual, may appeal the verdict. The former Barcelona defender, who was arrested in January last year, has been held on remand since then.

The case has drawn significant attention due to Alves’s profile and the growing public discourse on gender violence in Spain. It has been one of the most high-profile trials since a law was passed in 2022 that made consent a key element in sexual assault cases and increased the minimum prison time for assaults involving violence.

Alves’s lawyers were not immediately reachable for comment. Lawyer David Saenz, however, told reporters outside the courthouse, “We are satisfied as the sentence recognises what we’ve been saying all along: that the victim was telling the truth and that she suffered,” adding that his team would still analyze whether the sentence corresponds to the gravity of the crime.

After his arrest, Alves was fired by his then-employers, the Mexican club Pumas UNAM. Throughout his career, Alves won more than 40 trophies for Brazil and clubs including Barcelona, Sevilla, Juventus, and Paris St Germain.

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