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Ex-Barcelona star jailed for raping and assaulting young woman

Former Barcelona defender, Dani Alves, 40, has been sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment after a court in Spain found him guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at a club two years ago. According to multiple reports, the alleged assault occurred at the lavish Barcelona nightclub, La Suite on the 30th of December in 2022.

In a detailed report of the incident, the woman told police and the Spanish court that, on the night of the incident, she met with Alves in the nightclub’s VIP area and danced with him. According to her version of events, she was later ordered to go to the bathroom where she was forced to touch his privates, physically assaulted and raped.

In handing down the scathing judgement, the judge in the matter said that the courts took into consideration evidence, including DNA samples in semen found in the bathroom and video evidence, supporting the victims claim that, despite willingly entering the bathroom with him, that she had not consented to sexual relations and subsequent physical assault.

The court also ordered Alves to pay the victim 150 000 euros and have their legal costs paid. The Brazilian, who has denied any wrong doing, has said that he will be appealing the judgement. Spanish newspaper El Munro reported that Alves’ defense counsel headed by the prestigious criminal lawyer Cristobal Mertell, claimed to have produced evidence in support of his denial of the rape and his version of events that showed that the relations were fully consensual.

The former Barca, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain centre-back won numerous football titles and collected many accolades throughout his decades spanning career, including three World Cups. Despite being at the tail end of his career at the time of his arrest, Alves was signed to Mexican outfit, Pumas UNAM. The club terminated his contract following his arrest.

Alvez, who had claimed that sexual relations with his accuser were consensual, also divorced his second wife and mother of his two kids after news broke out of the story.