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Dani Alves statue wrapped in duct tape & bin bags as furious locals demand its removed after shamed star jailed for rape

DANI Alves’ statue was wrapped in duct tape and bin bags as his hometown wants it removed following his rape conviction.

The former Barcelona star was jailed for more than four years after being found guilty of raping a woman in a Spanish nightclub.

Alves was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in a Barcelona nightclub

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Alves was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in a Barcelona nightclubCredit: AP
Dani Alves' statue in his hometown, Juazeiro, was wrapped in duct tape and bin bags as locals demand to get it removed

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Dani Alves’ statue in his hometown, Juazeiro, was wrapped in duct tape and bin bags as locals demand to get it removedCredit: X/@MCITY_8
The life-size statue shows Alves wearing the Brazilian national team shirt and a football at his feet

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The life-size statue shows Alves wearing the Brazilian national team shirt and a football at his feetCredit: X/@MCITY_8

The court ordered that Alves pay £130,000 (150,000 euros) to the victim and sentenced him to four and a half years behind bars.

The Brazilian right-back has denied the allegations and is set to appeal the decision.

Neighbours in his hometown of Juazeiro, in the state of Bahia, wrapped his statue with bin bags and duct tape in a bid to get it removed following Alves’ sentencing.

According to Marca, a local wrote on social media: “It’s about time to vandalise the statue of Dani Alves on the outskirts of Juazeiro, right?

“It has gotten embarrassing.”

The statue was unveiled in 2020 as a tribute to Alves, born and raised in Juazeiro.

The statue is located in the central region of the city and displays a life-size Daniel Alves wearing the Brazilian national team shirt and a football at his feet.

But the work has been vandalised several times since the player’s arrest.

The Juazeiro City Council is now considering removing the statue but said it will only comment on the matter after the athlete’s case has become final, Estadao reports.

It has been revealed that Alves could be released from prison as soon as July 20 when he will have served a third of his sentence, reported Spanish media.

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He would be allowed to leave jail to work or “participate in activities” for the day before returning at night as per Spanish law. It is not clear what these activities will be.

The disgraced footballer could also exchange part of his sentence in Spain for expulsion to Brazil, lawyer Agustín Martínez Becerra told Globo G1.

Spanish law states that foreigners sentenced between one and five years in prison can request to exchange their sentence for expulsion to their home country.

As well as two spells at Barcelona, Alves has played for Seville, JuventusParis Saint-Germain and Sao Paulo.

He is widely considered one of the greatest full-backs of all time and became the oldest player to represent Brazil at the World Cup in December 2022 in Qatar.

The Brazilian defender was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison but he may be able to leave in a matter of months

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The Brazilian defender was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison but he may be able to leave in a matter of monthsCredit: AFP

Timeline of Dani Alves’ case

December 30, 2022: A woman alleges she was sexually assaulted in the toilets of Sutton nightclub

January 1, 2023: Cops in Barcelona investigate an alleged sexual assault in a nightclub involving Dani Alves

January 5, 2023: Dani Alves’ alleged victim makes a formal complaint claiming she was sexually assaulted

CCTV footage shows Alves had been alone for 47 seconds in a toilet at the nightclub with his accuser

January 20, 2023: Alves is remanded in custody by a judge in Barcelona

He initially denies ever meeting his accuser but later confirms they had sex in the nightclub’s toilets – but insists was consensual

January 31, 2023: His wife Joana Sanz, 29, demands a divorce

February 8, 2023: It emerges that Alves is said to be receiving ‘VIP treatment’ in prison

March 17, 2023: Alves goes on a hunger strike following split from wife

November 14, 2023: The footballer is ordered to stand trial for the alleged assault

November 24, 2023: Prosecutors demand nine years jail time and to pay the alleged victim  £130,000, if found guilty

February 5, 2024: Alves appears in court in Spain facing twelve years in jail

February 6 2024: Joana Sanz testified in court about a “drunk” phone call her husband made to her after the alleged assault

February 7 2024: Alves tells a Spanish court the encounter was consensual

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