Sports: Court rejects request for bail to football player Dani Alves
MOSCOW, February 21 – RIA Novosti. According to Sport.es, the Barcelona court has rejected a request to change the preventive measure against former Barcelona and Brazilian football player Dani Alves, who was imprisoned in a rape case.
Cristobal Martell, the lawyer of Alves, who was previously one of the most respected lawyers in criminal law, submitted a 24-page document to the court, guaranteeing that Alves would not escape and would be in Spain until the court decision. The player’s defense was ready to offer the court the use of an electronic tracking bracelet, seizure of passport and payment of bail.
Thus, Alves will remain in detention pending trial. It is currently unknown when the hearing will take place.
In early January, Alves was reported to the police by an unnamed woman. She accused him of sexual harassment at a nightclub in Barcelona. The footballer denied his guilt. On January 20, the Barcelona Court refused to release Alves on bail, setting a preventive measure in the form of detention. The Brazilian faces 4 to 12 years in prison.
Alves is the most decorated player in history. He has 46 trophies. As part of Barcelona, he became six-time champion of Spain, four-time winner of the Spanish Cup and Super Cup, three-time Champions League. Alves has also played for Sevilla, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Brazilian teams Bahia and Sao Paulo.
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