Dani Alves set to be released from prison

Former Brazil and Barcelona defender Dani Alves has been given permission to leave jail pending his appeal, after he paid €1m bail.

Alves was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison last month, after a court found him guilty of raping a woman in a Barcelona nightclub in 2022.

The 40-year-old has been held in pre-trial detention since January 2023.

“We hereby inform you that the deposit of Daniel Alves’ bail has been registered in the accounts of the 21st section of the Barcelona Court,” said a statement.