After being found guilty of sexual abuse, footballer Santi Mina was sentenced to four years in jail.

After being found guilty of sexual abuse, Spanish footballer Santi Mina was sentenced to four years in jail.

If his appeal is denied, the 26-year-old Celta Vigo attacker, who has 84 goals in over 300 LaLiga outings, would have to serve time.

Mina was also absolved of the sexual aggression allegation he was facing, which is related with intimidation or violence against the victim, during the verdict on Wednesday, May 4.

Celta have declared that the player has been removed from their squad until the appeal procedure is completed.

They also initiated disciplinary processes to examine the club’s alternatives.

Mina and his friend David Goldar, who plays for Union Deportiva Ibiza in Spain’s second tier, went on trial on March 28 in Almeria’s Provincial Court.

In June 2017, the player was accused of sexually assaulting a lady in a trailer outside a nightclub in the Mojacar tourist town near Almeria.

Mina was sentenced to eight years in jail by the state prosecutor, although the victim’s lawyers were requesting nine and a half years.

After being accused of being an accomplice, Goldar was found not guilty, despite the woman’s counsel requesting that he be sentenced to four and a half years in jail.

According to Mina and Goldar, the woman gave her assent to their sexual interactions.

Mina is accused of rapping her in a camper van in 2017, when she was traveling with Goldar.

Goldar, according to her lawyer, did nothing to prevent Mina from rapping her.

Mina was playing for Valencia at the time. In 2019, he returned to his boyhood club in Vigo.

The lower court’s decision can be appealed to Spain’s Supreme Court.

‘As a result of the judgement of the Third Section of the Provincial Court of Almeria, released today, RC Celta has chosen to initiate a disciplinary file on the player Santiago Mina in order to clarify his job obligations in light of this resolution,’ Celta said in a statement.

‘As a result, and as a precaution, the player has been temporarily removed from first-team training, without prejudice to his continuing to participate in the club’s designated activities.’

‘RC Celta respects the player’s right to self-defense, but it is required to take action against occurrences that have a history of undermining the club’s image and directly attacking its principles, demonstrating once more its unequivocal rejection of the offence specified in the judicial resolution.’

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