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The press team of the UNAM Cougars prevented the Brazilian this Friday Higor Meritão respond on how the loss of his compatriot Dani Alvesfired from the club on January 20, It has affected the Mexican team in sports.
This happened hours after the Brazilian media outlet UOL leaked that The cats asked for compensation of $5 million dollars from the ex-Barcelona side for violating a conduct clause of his contract when he was arrested on January 20 for being accused of sexually raping a woman in a nightclub in Barcelona.
At a press conference, a reporter asked Meritao, one of the Pumas players who were closest to Alves, if the “sudden” departure of the former Sevilla player has diminished the chances of the cats to fight for the Clausura 2023 tournament title.
Meritao began to answer the question: “I know that it is a personal issue, a very complicated issue for Dani Alves, the board of directors and the coaching staff are going to do...”, when it was arrested by a member of the press teamwho without giving explanations gave another journalist the turn to ask.
This is not the first time that at the Pumas they condition reporters to do not mention Dani Alves in the club’s press conferences.
Prior to the press conference last Thursday, the director of communication for the cats, Pablo Macedo, He warned the reporters, including an EFE correspondent, that questions made to Jesús Molina, the player who spoke to the media, would not be answered.
The cats terminated Alves’ contract the same day that he was captured in Barcelona since the university board of directors considered that his alleged sexual assault “harmed the philosophy” of the club.
According to UOL, in addition to the termination of the contract, the executives of Pumas also They sent Alves an email in which they informed him of his departure from the team and asked him for million-dollar compensation.
The Pumas demand payment for the conduct clause in the contract in which they could penalize the former Barcelona winger for “participation in doping cases”, “in any scandal that becomes public” or in “any act that is considered a crime under the law of the country in which it took place”.
The Mexico City-based team mentioned to Alves in the email that it is willing to take legal action, before FIFA or any other court, in case he refuses to deposit the $5 million dollars.
Until now, Neither Alves nor Pumas have denied the information from UOL.
The Pumas are preparing to receive this Sunday the Atlas on the fifth day of the Clausura 2023 tournament. The cats occupy the sixth place in the classification of the Mexican championship.
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