Spanish Footballer Santi Mina Sentenced to Four years in Jail After Being Found Guilty of Rape Case.
Celta Vigo striker, Santi Mina, has been sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of sexual abuse.
Mina, 26, will appeal against the verdict and jailed if the appeal fails.
However, Mina’s friend David Goldar, who plays for second-tier club Ibiza, was found not guilty after he was accused of being an accomplice.
The Spanish Footballer Santi Mina was accused of raping a woman in a camper van in 2017, where she had gone with Goldar.
Her lawyer said Goldar did nothing to stop Mina from raping her.
Mina and Goldar said the woman consented to their sexual relations.
Mina was cleared of the sexual aggression charge he was also facing, which is associated with intimidation or violence against the victim.
The striker was playing for Valencia at the time but returned to boyhood club Celta in 2019.
Celta Vigo announced they have “temporarily removed” Mina from the squad and “opened disciplinary proceedings to clarify his work responsibilities in view of the ruling.”
Celta said the club “respect the player’s right to a defence but is obliged to take measures in light of events that undermine the image of the club and directly attack its values, showing once again its absolute condemnation of the offence defined in the judicial ruling.”
The ruling by the lower court can be appealed at Spain’s Supreme Court.
The state prosecutor had asked for eight years in prison for Mina, while the victim’s lawyers were seeking nine-and-a-half years.
Mina has made more than 150 appearances for Celta over two spells at the club, and has scored 11 goals in 40 games this season.