Dani Alves facing £4m damages claim and £2m tax bill in Spain

Barcelona legend Dani Alves ‘facing £4m claim from former club UNAM Pumas for breach of contract and £2m tax bill in Spain’ as the 39-year-old remains in prison after being arrested for sexual assault

  • Dani Alves is currently being detained in a Spanish jail just outside of Barcelona
  • He has agreed to give in his passport and wear a tracking device if he’s set free 

Dani Alves could be liable to pay over £6million with Mexican club UNAM Pumas looking for over £4million in damages, while the Brazilian also owes more than £2m in tax in Spain.

The 39-year-old remains in prison after he was arrested on grounds of sexual assault last month. 

According to UOL Esporte, UNAM Pumas are trying to claim damages for breach of contract.

The Mexican side, who Alves joined in the summer, are looking for €4.5m (£4.04m) in compensation from the Brazilian. 

And a new report has revealed that he owes €2.25m (£2.02million) to the Treasury having accumulated millionaires debts.

Barcelona legend Dani Alves (above) could be liable to pay over £6million

According to El Confidencial, Dani Alves’ 60-square-meter flat in Sant Feliu de Llobregat has been foreclosed due to his debt to the Spanish taxman.

They also added that there is a 655-square-meter house in Esplugues de Llobregat, that belongs to both Alves and his ex-wife, Dinorah Santa Ana, and the Spanish tax authorities have seized his share.

The Brazilian footballer has agreed to turn in his passport and wear a tracking device if he is set free pending the sexual assault investigation against him, his lawyers said in an appeal filed to a Spanish court this week.

Alves was provisionally detained in January after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a nightclub on December 30. 

A judge ordered the veteran player to be jailed without bail after analysing the initial probe by authorities and hearing testimony from Alves, the alleged victim and a witness.

Alves has denied any wrongdoing.

In the appeal obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Alves offered to report to the court and to authorities as often as required, including daily, and to not leave Spain. He would not get within 500 metres (yards) of the accuser or her home or work place, and would not communicate with her in any matter. 

The appeal said he would agree to wear a device allowing authorities to constantly monitor his whereabouts to make sure he complied with his obligations.

The appeal said Alves would pay bail in the amount established by the judge, in addition to giving up his travel documents to authorities. The judge had denied Alves bail in part because he was deemed a flight risk.

The 39-year-old remains in prison after he was arrested on grounds of sexual assault

Alves’ lawyers, which includes the same one who worked for Lionel Messi in his tax fraud case, claimed that the accusations alone made by the alleged victim were not enough to prompt his detention without bail.

They said there were inconsistencies in her testimony, including when she said she was scared of Alves and his friends at the nightclub even though security cameras showed that she and her friends were in a ‘festive’ way.

They also point to images that showed that the accuser was not forced into the bathroom where she claimed to have been assaulted.

Alves initially denied having sex with her but later admitted to a consensual sexual encounter.

Alves has been placed in Brians 2 prison in Barcelona following his arrest last month

The lawyers said in the appeal that he initially denied that he had sex with her because he wanted to protect his wife and children.

The accuser has reportedly relinquished her right to seek financial compensation from Alves if he is eventually found guilty.

Under Spain’s sexual consent law passed last year, sexual assault takes in a wide array of crimes from online abuse and groping to rape, each with different possible punishments. A case of violent rape can receive a maximum sentence of 15 years.

The 39-year-old Alves won 42 football titles, including three Champions Leagues with Barcelona and two Copa Americas with Brazil. He played in his third World Cup last year in Qatar.

Alves had his contract with Mexican club Pumas terminated after his arrest. He was detained after returning from Brazil to Spain and agreeing to talk to authorities about the case. His lawyers said Alves has also lost sponsorships because of his arrest.

The ex-Barcelona right-back was jailed after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman

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