Brazil and ex-Barca man Dani Alves detained in Spain on suspicion of sexual assault
Brazilian defender Dani Alves was taken into custody in Spain on Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a Barcelona nightclub in December, police said.
The 39-year-old has been summoned to a Barcelona police station where he has been “taken into custody” and will now be questioned by a judge, a spokesman for Catalonia’s regional police, the Mossos, said. Squadra. Catalan police received a complaint on January 2 from a woman who said Alves touched her inappropriately, police said.
The alleged sexual assault took place at a popular Barcelona nightclub on the night of December 30-31, according to Spanish media. The player was accused of putting his hands in the woman’s pants, according to reports.
Alves, 39, confirmed he was at the nightclub at the time but denied any wrongdoing, telling Spanish private television ‘Antena 3’ earlier this month that he had ” never seen” the woman before. “I was there, in that place, with more people having fun. Everyone knows that I like to dance. Having a good time but not invading other people’s space”, added the former player of Barcelona and Juventus.
Alves, who now plays for Mexican team Pumas UNAM, was in Barcelona on vacation after playing for Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar. A Barcelona court said earlier this month it had opened an investigation “into an alleged crime of sexual assault following a complaint lodged by a woman against a footballer”.