Dani Alves arrested in Spain on sexual assault charges© AFP
Former Barcelona footballer Dani Alves Detained in Spain on suspicion of sexual assault. Earlier, a Spanish court opened an investigation into allegations that former Brazil defender Dani Alves sexually assaulted a woman in a Barcelona nightclub last month. A court in Barcelona “opened an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment following a complaint filed by a woman against a football player,” Catalonia’s Superior Court said in a statement.
While Alves was not named in the statement, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to AFP that the former Barcelona and Juventus player is the subject of the investigation.
Catalan police said they received a complaint on January 2 from a woman who said Alves touched her inappropriately.
According to Spanish media reports, the alleged sexual assault took place at a popular nightclub in Barcelona overnight on December 30-31.
According to the report, the player was accused of putting his hand down the woman’s pants.
Alves, 39, confirmed he was in the nightclub at the time but denied any wrongdoing, telling private Spanish television Antena 3 last week that he had “never seen” the woman before.
“I was there, in that place, having fun with a lot of other people. Everyone knows I love to dance. Having a good time but not invading other people’s space,” he added.
Alves, who now plays for Mexican side Pumas UNAM, was in Barcelona on holiday after participating in the World Cup with Brazil in Qatar.
He was the oldest player to represent Brazil at the Men’s World Cup.
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