November 24 – Prosecutors are seeking a nine-year prison sentence for Brazilian star Dani Alves, one of the most decorated players in world football, for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman last year.
Alves is set to face trial over allegations he assaulted the woman in a night club in Barcelona on December 30. He was indicted by an investigative judge in August and the court said this month there was enough evidence to open a trial.
The former Barcelona defender has denied any wrongdoing, claiming he had consensual sex.
Prosecutors also want Alves to pay €150,000 in damages to the victim, and to be prohibited from having any contact with her for an additional 10 years. They also want Alves to be remain supervised for a decade after serving his prison term.
Alves, 40, has been in pre-trial detention since January when he was arrested and accused of raping a young woman in the bathroom of a nightclub in Barcelona.
All of his bail requests have been denied because the court has considered him a flight risk. The player had even offered to turn in his passports and wear a tracking device while awaiting the court’s decision.
Alves won 42 titles, including three Champions Leagues with Barcelona and two Copa Americas with Brazil. He played at his third World Cup last year in Qatar.
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