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Dani Alves released from prison on bail

Dani Alves, the former Barcelona and Brazil defender, has been released from prison on bail after being convicted of sexual assault.

Alves was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in a nightclub in Barcelona in December 2022. He had been in prison for a year while his appeal was being processed.

According to Marca, the Barcelona court ruled that Alves could be released on bail of €1 million ($1.08 million). He will be required to wear an electronic tag and surrender his passport. He will also be barred from contacting the victim or approaching her home or workplace.

Alves’ lawyer, Cristóbal Martell, said he was “very satisfied” with the court’s decision. He said Alves was “innocent” and that he would continue to fight to clear his name.

The victim of the assault, a 23-year-old woman, has said that she is “devastated” by the court’s decision. She said she felt that Alves was being “treated differently” because of his wealth and fame.

The case has drawn attention to the issue of sexual assault in Spain. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile cases of sexual assault involving footballers.

In 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo was accused of raping a woman in Las Vegas. He denied the allegations and the case was later dropped.

In 2021, David de Gea was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Manchester. He denied the allegations and the case is still ongoing.

The Alves case is a reminder that sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of their wealth, fame, or social status. It is important to believe victims and to hold perpetrators accountable.

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