July 21, 2024
Dani Alves Facing Nine-Year Jail Term Over Rape Charges
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Dani Alves Facing Nine-Year Jail Term Over Rape Charges

Spanish prosecutors are seeking a nine-year jail term for former Brazil star Dani Alves who is accused of raping a young woman at a Barcelona nightclub in December 2022.

Prosecutors have also demanded the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain full-back, who has been in jail in Spain since his arrest in January, pay his alleged victim 150,000 euros ($163,500) in compensation, according to a copy of his indictment seen by AFP on Thursday.

A date for his trial had not yet been set. The 40-year-old has maintained that he had consensual sex with his accuser.

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 When the story first broke, and before he was arrested, Alves, in a television interview, initially denied knowing the woman who filed a police complaint against him on January 2. He told Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia, that he had lied at first because he was afraid his wife would leave him if he admitted he had been with another woman.

After his arrest, Alves was sacked by his Mexican club Pumas UNAM. In a highly successful career, Alves won 42 trophies, including three Champions Leagues with Barcelona and two Copa Americas with Brazil.

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