Spanish court sentences ex-Barcelona player Dani Alves to prison over sexual assault

Catalonia’s top court sentenced former Barcelona football player Dani Alves to four and a half years in jail on Thursday after finding him guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at a Barcelona nightclub in 2022. The court also ordered Alves to pay the victim 150,000 euros ($162,990).

“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,” the court said in a statement.

This month, Alves, 40, went on trial for three days and denied any wrongdoing.

The 40-year-old former Barcelona defender was arrested in January of last year and has been locked up on remand since.

Gender violence has been a major issue in Spanish public discourse and Alves’s popularity has led to the case’s significant attention.

It is one of the most high-profile trials in Spain since a law was passed in 2022 that made consent a key element in sexual assault cases and increased the minimum jail sentence for violent assaults.

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