Brazilian full-back Dani Alves, who’s awaiting a ruling in Spain for alleged rape, has confirmed his innocence once more, stressing that his “conscience is obvious” in his first interview after his imprisonment.
Alves, 40, was arrested in January in Barcelona after being accused of raping a younger girl in the bathroom of a nightclub within the Spanish metropolis in late December. The previous Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star was detained with out bail as a result of the court docket investigating him felt there was a hazard that Alves would try and flee.
“My conscience is totally clear with regard to what occurred that evening within the nightclub,” Alves mentioned in an interview with the Spanish each day La Vanguardia printed on Wednesday, his first since his arrest and imprisonment. He added, “What occurred and what did not occur. What did not occur is that I pressured this girl to do something we did.”
Alves, who initially denied figuring out the girl, modified his testimony a number of occasions, and later informed investigators that what occurred between them was consensual.
He revealed to the paper that he lied at first as a result of he feared his spouse would go away him if he confessed he was with one other girl: I fought desperately to avoid wasting my marriage from infidelity, with out worrying concerning the penalties I pay right now.
On the time of the alleged rape, Alves was on vacation in Barcelona after taking part in for Brazil on the World Cup in Qatar.
A Spanish court docket final week denied Alves’ request for bail whereas awaiting trial, citing its choice as having adequate and dependable proof associated to the costs towards him.
Alves, probably the most profitable soccer participant on this planet with 43 titles, lived the very best interval of his profession in Barcelona between 2008 and 2016. He gained 23 trophies with the Catalan membership, together with 3 Champions League titles, six Spanish championships and 4 home cups. Within the World Cup in Qatar final 12 months, he grew to become, on the age of “39 years” and 210 days, the oldest Brazilian participant to take part within the World Cup finals.