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

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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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