Brazil international Dani Alves has been arrested in Barcelona in connection with an alleged assault at one of the city’s nightclubs after a woman reportedly accused the player of groping her.
This is what a spokesman for the Catalan police of Mossos d’Esquadra said Telegraph that Mr Alves had been arrested on Friday morning after officers questioned him about the alleged assault.
“Now he has been taken to court where a judge will also question him and then decide what action to take; he could be taken into custody or released on bail,” the Mossos spokesman said.
After being questioned by officers at Les Corts police station in Barcelona, Mr Alves was driven to the city’s courthouse in a Mossos patrol car.
According to the La Vanguardia newspaper, the 39-year-old footballer would have denied any allegations.
According to reports, the alleged assault victim told police that on the night of December 30, Mr Alves had put his hand in her underwear at Sutton nightclub.
She is said to have informed security personnel at the club, who activated Barcelona City Council’s protocol against assault and sexual harassment.
Mossos d’Esquadra agents arrived at the nightclub and took a statement from the woman, when Mr. Alves had already left the scene.
According to members of the footballer’s entourage quoted by the newspaper TBENMr Alves has denied that the incident took place, stating that he had been briefly in Sutton’s nightclub on the night in question, but that “nothing happened”.
Mr Alves was a key player for Barcelona between 2008 and 2016, during which time he won three European Cups and again during the 2021/22 season. He now plays for Mexico’s Pumas and represented Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar last year.