No bail for Dani Alves: Why is he considered to be a flight risk?

Dani Alves spent Friday night locked up in Brians 1 Prison in Catalonia, with the former Barcelona full-back having been charged with an alleged offence of sexual assault.

As he awaits trial, the Brazilian has been remanded in custody without the possibility of bail, with bail having been denied by order of the head of Barcelona’s 15th examining magistrate’s court.

The reason is that the footballer was considered a flight risk, and more details on this are outlined below.

What is Dani Alves being accused of?

The crime that Dani Alves has been charged with is sexual assault.

According to the victim’s statement, which the investigating judge considers “forceful and persistent”, the player forced himself on her in a bathroom in a reserved area of the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona in the late hours of the night of December 30.

Why is Dani Alves considered to be a flight risk?

The judge explained that there was a risk of the footballer fleeing the country to try to avoid a trial.

Evidence put forth for this claim included the fact that Dani Alves has the necessary wealth to go wherever he wants, while he also has dual Brazilian and Spanish nationality and was playing in Mexico.

Furthermore, Brazil does not have extradition agreements with Spain, which would increase the risk of the footballer trying to flee from Spanish justice and take refuge in his country of origin without the option of Brazil sending him back.

What sentence does Dani Alves face?

The punishments that Dani Alves could be given if found guilty range from four to 12 years’ imprisonment, assuming it was a sexual assault that consisted of sexual intercourse by vaginal, anal or oral means.

What has Dani Alves said about this sexual assault case?

The footballer has admitted that he was present at the aforementioned nightclub, but he maintains that he was there for a short period of time and denies the sexual aggression attributed to him by the victim.

In the opinion of the investigating judge, this account contradicts the evidence gathered by the Catalan police force, who questioned several witnesses, including security staff at the nightclub.

They have also collected biological samples from the toilet where the events allegedly took place and have viewed the club’s security cameras.

What have Pumas done with Dani Alves?

Pumas have already broken ties with Dani Alves following his imprisonment.

The president of the Mexican club, Leopoldo Silva, confirmed at a press conference that they were terminating the defender’s contract

Pumas is an institution that promotes respect, integrity, dignity and professional behaviour on and off the pitch, with the club’s players having to be role models in their lives in Mexico and anywhere in the world,” the president said.