Former Aston Villa defender Antonio Luna has been handed a two-year suspended prison sentence after a sex-tape scandal in Spain.
Luna, who enjoyed an unsuccessful stint in the Premier League with the West Midlands club, and former Eibar teammate Sergio Enrich were found guilty of the recording and dissemination of a sexual video involving a woman without consent.
However, neither man will spend time in prison, after a Spanish court has ruled that the footballers will serve two years on probation and pay £88,500 in legal fees between them.
The pair will also have to pay an additional £8,500 to the victim, as first reported by Mundo Deportivo.
Luna, who played for Villa between 2013 and 2015 before moving to Sevilla, and is now attached to Girona, engaged in consensual sexual activity with the woman in 2016.
However, they filmed the encounter without her permission, before sharing it on WhatsApp with other people.
Court documents added that the publication of the video led the young woman, who told the players to stop filming during the sexual act, to experience psychological problems.
The press agency Reuters reports that she sought professional help and took medication to cope with the stress and also took six months of leave from work.
After the video went viral, Enrich, who still plays in La Liga for Eibar, issued an apology on behalf of them both.
It read: “In light of the circulation on social media of a sexually-explicit video in which we, the undersigned, appear, we want to state that the video shows a recording of a private act which took place between fully consenting adults, within the scope of the freedoms we all enjoy.
“We deeply regret that an indiscretion for which we are not responsible has led to these images being published without our knowledge or, far less, our consent.
“We likewise regret the potential damage [not only] to our image but in particular to that of our club, whose colours we represent, and that it could have offended our supporters and the city of Eibar in general.
“We are aware that professional footballers should set an example in every walk of life, especially to children; this being the reason we apologise if this incident has caused harm to anyone.
“Equally, we want to apologise for the damage the circulation of this video could cause to the third person involved in the video.
“We wish to stress that, as Eibar players, an exemplary club that represents a set of fans and a city equally exemplary, we stand by the values that have been shown to us since we arrived in Eibar. We hope this incident does not in any way harm the image of the club, nor that of our team-mates.
“Sergi Enrich and Antonio Luna.”
They also apologised to the victim before a court hearing in October, which the judge said led to a more lenient sentence.
Defendants without a previous conviction are permitted to serve any sentence of two years or under on probation, provided they have committed a non-violent crime.