Former Dutch international Quincy Promes sentenced to 18 months in prison ahead of drug smuggling case hearing

Former Dutch international Quincy Promes, who secured 50 caps for his international side, scoring seven goals, has not played for the national team since he participated in the Euro 2020 championships. The 2017 Russian footballer of the year has currently been playing for the Russian side Spartak Moscow since his move in 2021 from Ajax.

The former Sevilla right-winger has recently been accused of drug trafficking and is set to undergo trial soon but before he could even attend the trial, another shocking judicial sentence has gone against him and he could even finish the career that he has worked so hard for.

Quincy Promes sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment

Before his impending trial, the Dutch player was ordered by the court on Tuesday to provide compensation to his cousin for stabbing his leg at a birthday party in 2020 over a missing necklace. That year, the player also played in the Euro Championship with the Netherlands, who have recently been accusing Messi’s World Cup win of a conspiracy, in which he played just two matches, providing nothing significant for the team.

The 32-year-old has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for the above crime and is expected to provide a reported compensation amount of one million euros to his cousin, as asked by the lawyer, although the final amount is likely to be reduced by the court.

Even after all of that, the player is still yet to be extradited from Russia and has not yet attended any court meetings, even after this investigation was triggered by intercepted wiretaps from a separate case whose ruling could dissolve the player’s career forever.

Promes’ involvement in drug smuggling

The Telegraph has reported that the former Netherlands player Quincy Promes is under trial for allegedly importing 1361 kg of cocaine from a city in Antwerp. The Public Prosecution Service has asked the court to provide hefty punishment to the player as Promes was involved with the smuggling organization.

Just 8 months ago, the player was sentenced to 18 months in jail along with compensation to his cousin for the stabbing incident and it seems like the charges against him this time are far more severe than ever. If everything goes as the prosecutor wants, the player could reportedly be imprisoned for around 9 years, along with hefty compensations.

Although the charges and trials have been going on for a few months, the player has not attended any of them and has been declining any accusations against him while playing for his club in Russia. Unfortunately, there is no extradition treaty between Russia and the Netherlands, and if the player doesn’t return home, which he intends to do as he has been trying to get Russian citizenship, it will make him untouchable and the player would avoid jail. On this, the prosecution has this to say:

“Because of his absence, we will not get an answer to the question of how such a successful footballer allowed himself to be drawn into crime. He takes no responsibility for the facts and seems to consider himself untouchable in Russia and beyond.”

Currently, Promes is playing for Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League and has played 235 games for them, scoring 114 goals and providing 59 assists for the Russian side.

It would be interesting to see how the trial that is set to be on February 14 develops further as the player is not willing to come out of Russia. Do you think the Russian government should do something in this matter, as this is not the first case in the drugs department in the football world in recent times? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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