A Spanish footballer has been jailed for sexual harassment. The footballer named Santi Mina has been found guilty in an incident in 2017.
A Spanish court has sentenced 26-year-old Celta Vigo striker to four years in prison and a €50,000 fine. The footballer, who plays for the Under-21 national team, appealed to the Spanish Supreme Court against the lower court’s ruling. However, the apex court dismissed his appeal and upheld the lower court’s verdict.
A woman brought sexual harassment charges against him. Mina’s lawyer claimed in court that there was no incident of harassment. The relationship took place with the consent of the two adults. However, he could not present any evidence in support of his claim. The public prosecutor demanded eight years imprisonment for the accused footballer. The plaintiff’s lawyer demanded nine and a half years in prison. Because the section of the law in which Mina has been convicted can lead to a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.
Mina’s lawyer said his client’s football career would end if he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Considering all the aspects, the judge ordered four years imprisonment. La Liga club Celta Vigo has expelled a convicted footballer. Mina has played 33 matches for the team this season.