Accused of raping a 23-year-old woman last month in Barcelona, Dani Alves was placed in pre-trial detention on Friday by a judge at the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia. Now awaiting his trial, the former defender of Barça and PSG risks very big, while his career is most certainly over.
This Monday, Dani Alves wakes up after spending his third night behind bars in Brians 1 prison, in Catalonia. Heard Friday in a Barcelona police station for a case of alleged sexual assault, the Brazilian was remanded in custody without bail. “Barcelona Investigative Court No. 15 today heard footballer Dani Alves, accused by a woman of an alleged offense of sexual assault for acts that allegedly took place in a Barcelona nightclub in December. The magistrate decided to place him in pre-trial detention. informed the Spanish justice in the process.
Three different versions of the facts
The former Barça player, back in the Catalan capital to attend the funeral of his mother-in-law, is accused of sexual assault on a 23-year-old young woman. The facts go back to the night of December 30, in a nightclub in the city. According to information fromEl País, the player would have given three different versions since his first hearing by the authorities, first denying knowing the alleged victim, before admitting to having seen her that night in front of video surveillance images proving that they spent a fifteen minutes in the toilets of the VIP area. But the international auriverde ensures that there was no rape.
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Just hours after the announcement of his detention, his Pumas club in Mexico terminated his contract, certainly pulling the curtain on the sports career of the triple European champion. “With this decision, the club reiterates its commitment not to tolerate acts by any member of the institution, whoever they may be, which go against the spirit of the university and its values. The Club Universidad Nacional is an institution that promotes respect and upright, dignified and professional behavior of its players on and off the pitch. We cannot let the conduct of one person undermine our work philosophy” , swung President Leopoldo Silva, in a press release. Beyond the probability of never seeing him again on the ground, it is now his judicial future that is in question.
It is therefore behind bars that Dani Alves will await his trial, unless his appeal of the judge’s decision is successful. A decision justified by the fear of seeing the player fly to Brazil, with whom Spain does not have an extradition agreement. According to Spanish law, the person concerned could face up to fifteen years in prison if the facts of which he is accused are proven. The chilling testimony of the plaintiff, revealed by El Periodico de Catalunya, risk of weighing heavily. A testimony corroborated by the images, which show her leaving the room in tears before leaving the establishment with her friends to go to the hospital. The Spanish press also claims that the latter would have refused to be financially compensated, preferring that the person concerned be judged.
In recent days, the affair has provoked many reactions, like Xavi, in ” State of shock ” at a press conference. “Knowing how Dani is, it’s a subject that surprised me. I feel very bad for him” confided the Barça coach and former Alves teammate on Friday, before returning to his remarks on Sunday evening, in the wake of the victory against Getafe: ” I made a mistake. We must condemn these acts, whether it’s Dani or anyone else. I apologize ” . Faced with the media frenzy, the wife of the former player, Joana Sanz, also called for calm. “I ask the media who are in front of my house to respect my privacy at this time. My mother passed away a week agoshe wrote on social media. I lost the only two pillars of my life. » While no date has yet been announced for the trial, Dani Alves is expected to spend many more nights behind bars.
By Tom Binet