Dani Alves, arrested in Spain for alleged sexual assault

Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves was arrested on Friday after being accused of an alleged sexual assault on a woman in Spain and a judge denied the former Barcelona defender free on bail.

The alleged incident occurred on December 31 at a Barcelona nightclub, police told The Associated Press.

Alves was arrested after responding to police requests. The state attorney’s office asked that he be held without bail and a judge attack him on charges of sexual assault after several hours of testimony.

In Spain, the crime of sexual assault ranges from unsolicited or unwanted touching of a sexual nature to rape. Police could not provide further details about the case.

The player denies the allegations last week in a video he sent to Spanish television station Antena 3. Although he acknowledged that he went dancing at the club the night of the alleged sexual assault, he assured that he did not know the woman and was always “respectful.” ” of others.

“I was in that place, I was with more people enjoying it,” said Alves. “Everyone who knows me knows that I like to dance. Enjoying, but without invading the space of others. Always respecting the environment”.

At 39, Alves is one of the most successful footballers in football history. Throughout his long career he has won titles at elite clubs such as Barcelona, ​​Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

He currently plays for Pumas de México, who said on Friday that they will analyze the contractual agreement signed by the Brazilian to take disciplinary measures.

Alves arrived in Mexico last summer with a contract for two tournaments or a working year, of which he has only completed half.

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“The National University will execute the actions and sanctions that are required, as they are established in the labor contract that has been entered into with the athlete, as well as in the Internal Work Regulations,” said the club, which announced a resolution for later.

The defender was a key player in the golden years of Barça: between 2008 and 2016 he controlled the right wing of the team together with Lionel Messi. He won the Champions League three times with the Catalan club, which happened again last season.

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