Genoa player sentenced to six years in prison for sexual assault


Holder this season with Genoa in Serie B, Manolo Portanova was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for sexual assault in meetings. The 22-year-old midfielder is found guilty of assaulting a 21-year-old student in May 2021.

Trained at Lazio and passed through Juventus, Manolo Portanova has been enjoying Genoa since January 2021. But despite his indisputable status this season in Serie B, the 22-year-old midfielder may well not finish the Genoese club’s campaign. in D2.

According to information relayed by several Italian media, the former U21 of the Nazionale (3 selections) was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for sexual assault in a meeting.

A rape in the company of his uncle

At a time when the trial of Benjamin Mendy for rape and sexual assault agitates France and England, football is also hit by a delicate affair. Manolo Portanova was thus found guilty of assaulting a 21-year-old student on the night of May 30 to 31, 2021 in Siena, Tuscany, alongside his uncle, sentenced to the same sentence during this trial held in the under an accelerated procedure.

The trial of the third defendant will begin in February, while the fourth, a minor at the time, will be tried in juvenile court. Manolo Portanova was also ordered to pay 100,000 euros in damages to the victim, 20,000 euros to her mother and 10,000 euros to an association, reported the Italian agency Ansa. According to the sports daily Gazzetta dello SportPortanova will appeal this conviction.

The Genoa midfielder, author of a goal and two assists in twelve appearances this season, denied the facts during the procedure, claiming that the relationship with the young woman was agreed. After the victim’s complaint in June 2022, Manolo Portanova was immediately placed under house arrest for the duration of the procedure.

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