1 Aug, 2023 @ 12:45
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Former Barcelona star Dani Alves set to be indicted over sex assault charges in Spain

Former Barcelona star Dani Alves set to be indicted over sex assault charges in Spain
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A BARCELONA court has decided to indict Brazilian football star Dani Alves following a probe into sexual assault accusations against him.

The judge’s investigation found evidence of criminality by Alves, 40, who has been in jail since January following his alleged assault on a woman at a Barcelona nightclub on December 30.

He will be formally indicted after being informed of the judge’s decision in court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors will then list the charges, and a trial date will be set for later this year or 2024.

The ex-FC Barcelona defender has said that any sex with his accuser was consensual and that he did nothing wrong.

Alves is expected to remain in custody ahead of the trial with bail requests turned down because prosecutors claim he is a flight risk despite offering to surrender his passport and to wear an ankle tracker.

A judge ordered Alves to be jailed after analysing the initial probe by authorities and hearing testimony from the alleged victim, witnesses, and the player.

Alves’ lawyers unsuccessfully tried to discredit testimony by the alleged victim and other witnesses by producing camera footage showing that Alves and the victim were flirting with each other at the Barcelona nightclub.

The court had said that the flirting should not ‘in any way justify an eventual sexual assault’.


Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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