Brazilian footballer and ex-Barcelona star Dani Alves has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of sexual assault


Brazilian defender Dani Alves was taken into custody in Spain on Friday following allegations that he assaulted a woman in a nightclub in Barcelona in December, according to a spokesman for Catalan regional police, the Mossos d’Esquadra.

The 39-year-old was summoned to a Barcelona police station where he was held and will now be questioned by a judge. Catalan police received a complaint on Jan. 2 from a woman alleging that Alves touched her inappropriately, the police spokesman said.

The alleged attack took place at a renowned nightclub in Barcelona on the night of December 30-31, according to Spanish media reports. It is alleged that the player had put his hands in the woman’s pants, according to the reports.

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The 39-year-old Alves has confirmed his presence at the nightclub, but firmly denies that he has done anything wrong. In an interview with the Spanish television channel Antena 3 earlier this month, he emphatically stated that he had never met the woman before.

“I was there, in that place, with more people having fun. Everyone knows that I like to dance. I have a good time, but without encroaching on the space of others,” added the former Barcelona and Juventus player please.

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Alves, who now practices his profession at the Mexican Pumas UNAM, was on holiday in Barcelona after his participation in the World Cup with Brazil in Qatar. After a successful tournament, the experienced defender was able to take some time to relax and enjoy the sights of the Catalan capital.

A court in Barcelona recently announced the start of an investigation into an alleged crime of sexual assault, following a complaint filed by a woman against a professional footballer. This case has generated a lot of public interest as the suspect is a prominent figure in the world of sports.

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