Dani Alves: Brazil star arrested in Spain over alleged nightclub sexual assault | World News

Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman at a nightclub after he allegedly groped her under her clothes without her consent.

Brazil’s World Cup star was taken into custody on Friday morning and will be held pending a court hearing later, a police spokesman told Reuters.

Alves is accused of touching a woman under her underwear at a Barcelona nightclub on December 30.

She reported the incident to the staff, who informed the police. He took a statement from the woman.

He then filed a formal complaint on January 2.

Alves denied inappropriate behavior in an interview with Spanish TV channel Antena 3 earlier this month.

A photo of a police car transporting Dani Alves to Barcelona police station on Friday morning.  Photo: AP
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A photo of a police car transporting Dani Alves to Barcelona police station on Friday morning. Photo: AP

He said: “I was dancing and having a good time without invading anyone’s space.

“I don’t know who this woman is…how could I do this to a woman? No?”

The 39-year-old footballer is Brazil’s second most capped player with 126 appearances for his country.

Alves spent almost a decade at Barcelona from 2008 to 2016 before moving to Juventus.

In the last five years he has played for the Turin club, Paris Saint-Germain and Sao Paulo before returning to Barcelona in 2021.

He moved to Punas UNAM from the Mexican side in July.



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