2 Spanish footballers risk prison for rape


FILE - Valencia's Santi Mina celebrates after scoring during a Champions League Group H soccer match against Young Boys at Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, November 7, 2018. Celta Vigo striker Santi Mina and another Spanish soccer player accused of raping a woman claimed their innocence on the day their trial ended, Friday April 1, 2022. A public prosecutor is asking for Mina to be in prison for eight years.  The alleged victim's own lawyers are asking for nine and a half years for forcing her to have sex in 2017. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

FILE – Valencia’s Santi Mina celebrates after scoring during a Champions League Group H soccer match against Young Boys at Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, November 7, 2018. Celta Vigo striker Santi Mina and another Spanish soccer player accused of raping a woman claimed their innocence on the day their trial ended, Friday April 1, 2022. A public prosecutor is asking for Mina to be in prison for eight years. The alleged victim’s own lawyers are asking for nine and a half years for forcing her to have sex in 2017. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

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The rape trial involving Celta Vigo striker Santi Mina and another Spanish footballer ended on Friday, with both men claiming their innocence.

The public prosecutor is asking for eight years in prison for Mina, while the alleged victim’s own lawyers are asking for 9 and a half years.

David Goldar, who plays for lower division club Ibiza, is accused of being an accomplice. The woman’s lawyer is asking for 4 and a half years in prison for him.

The verdict is expected in the coming weeks, the court’s press office told The Associated Press. The decision of the lower court can be appealed to the Spanish Supreme Court.

The woman accused Mina of raping her in an RV, where she had gone with Goldar. Her attorney said Goldar did nothing to stop Mina from raping her. The incident happened in the province of Almería, in southern Spain, in 2017.

Both players say the woman consented to their sex.

At the time of the incident, Mina was playing for Valencia. The 26-year-old forward has since returned to his boyhood club Vigo.

Celta host Real Madrid on Saturday. Celta coach Eduardo Coudet said on Friday that Mina will be in his squad against the Spanish league leaders.

“Who can judge another person? Until justice says otherwise, we are all innocent,” Coudet said. “I spoke to him to see how he was doing and I will speak to him again when I see him again. He is an important player and he will be part of our team.

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