- Former Brazilian star Dani Alves has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison
- The former Barcelona star was convicted of raping a woman in Spain in 2022
Dani Alves has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after being found guilty of raping a woman in a Spanish nightclub.
The disgraced former Barcelona star was told he had been found guilty this morning at Barcelona court, where he stood trial earlier this month after being driven to court in a police van.
The 40-year-old father of two now faces his first night behind bars as a convicted sex offender.
He had been detained in Brians 2 prison, near the Catalan capital, since his arrest in January last year.
Alves protested his innocence on February 7 after taking the stand on the final day of his three-day trial at the Barcelona Provincial Court.
Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison after being found guilty of rape
Prosecutors had been pushing for a 12-year prison sentence for the 40-year-old Brazilian after being found guilty of raping a woman in a Spanish nightclub in 2022.
Dani Alves’ family is seen leaving the court during the trial earlier this month.
He admitted having sex in a bathroom at Barcelona’s exclusive Sutton nightclub on December 30, 2022, with his 23-year-old accuser, but insisted it was consensual.
The woman who was today found guilty of rape confirmed that Alves had forced himself on her when she gave evidence in court behind her screen.
A friend who was with her the night of the rape burst into tears when she remembered how the victim “wept uncontrollably” after leaving the small bathroom where she was.
State prosecutors had demanded a nine-year prison sentence if Alves was convicted and a private prosecutor acting on behalf of the victim demanded a 12-year prison sentence at his trial.
At the height of his career, Alves was considered one of the best right-backs in the world after a successful spell as a footballer that saw him win a total of 41 trophies with Barcelona, PSG and Juventus.
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The former Brazil international has been in preventive detention since his arrest last year.
Alves was best known for playing for LaLiga side Barcelona, where he played 391 times.
At the height of his career, Alves was considered one of the best right backs in the world.
Former Barcelona and Brazil star Daniel Alves is sentenced to four years and six months in prison after being found guilty of rape for an attack in the bathroom of a Spanish nightclub