Spanish prosecutors oppose bail for Alves who they argue is a flight risk

February 7 – Spanish prosecutors are opposing an appeal by Dani Alves’ defence team for him to be freed on bail while an investigation continues into sexual assault accusations against the Brazilian international.

Alves’ lawyers filed the appeal last week saying he agreed to turn in his passport and wear a tracking device.

Alves would also report to the court and to authorities as often as required, including daily, and would not go within 500 metres of the accuser or her home or workplace.

But prosecutors said on Monday that Alves remained a flight risk if he was set free.

The former Barcelona legend was provisionally detained in January after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a nightclub on December 30. He has denied wrongdoing.

The judge involved took testimony from eight witnesses at a closed hearing in Barcelona last week.

To make worse for Alves, he could be liable to pay millions of dollars to Mexican club UNAM Pumas where he was under contract at the time of his arrest.

The Mexican side, who Alves joined in the summer, are looking for €4.5 million in compensation from the Brazilian.

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