Barcelona: Spanish police have arrested Brazil defender Dani Alves on Friday after questioning him in a police station in Barcelona over a sexual assault allegation, a spokesperson for the local Mossos d’Esquadra force said. and A judge later denied bail for the former Barcelona defender.
Alves (39), who has denied the allegation, will appear before a judge later on Friday, the spokesperson added.
The alleged victim told police that the Brazil and former Barcelona star touched her without her consent at a Barcelona nightclub on the night of December 31.
Accompanied by her friends, the woman reported the incident to the nightclub’s security staff, who then alerted police.
Officers arrived at the scene and took a statement from the woman. She filed an official complaint for sexual assault on January 2.
Alves told Antena 3 in an interview earlier this month that he was at the club with other people but he denied any such behaviour.
Not invading anyone's space
“I was dancing and having a good time without invading anyone’s space,” he said. “I don’t know who this lady is… How could I do that to a woman? No.”
Alves, who played for Barcelona from 2008-2016 and briefly returned to the Spanish team for the 2021-22 season, currently plays for Mexican club Pumas UNAM.
He has played for the Brazil national team since 2006, making 126 appearances and scoring eight goals. The defender was a key part of Barcelona’s golden years playing between 2008-16 on the team’s right flank behind Lionel Messi. He won the Champions League three times with the Catalan club, which he briefly rejoined last season.