Celta Vigo forward Santi Mina sentenced to four years in prison

Celta Vigo player Santi Mina has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexual abuse and fined €50,000 in compensation, according to EFE.

The Court of Almería has sentenced the 26-year-old for the sexual abuse of a woman on 18 June 2017 in Mojácar (Almería). The forward has, however, been acquitted of sexual assault, which would have carried a longer sentence, between eight and nine-and-a-half years.

The sentence will be appealed by Mina’s defence, who during the trial alleged consent on the part of the victim.

The former Valencia player will also have to pay €50,000 in compensation to the victim and has been given a restraining order of 500 metres for 12 years.

UD Ibiza player David Goldar has been acquitted of any criminal responsibility. The court acquitted Goldar against whom the Public Prosecutor’s Office did not bring charges, although the victim sat him on the bench as he was considered a necessary co-operator.

Celta Vigo released the following statement: “RC Celta respects the right of defence of the player, but is obliged to take action against those facts that notoriously undermine the image of the club and directly undermine its values, showing once again its absolute rejection of the crime defined in the court ruling.”

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