Brazil international Dani Alves has been arrested in Barcelona in connection with an alleged sexual assault in one of the city’s nightclubs after a woman reportedly accused the player of groping her.
A spokesman for the Mossos d’Esquadra Catalan police force told the Telegraph that Mr Alves had been arrested on Friday morning after officers had questioned him about the alleged sexual assault.
“Now he has been taken to court where a judge will also question him and then decide on what measures to take; he could be remanded in custody or released on bail,” the Mossos spokesman said.
After being questioned by officers in the Les Corts police station in Barcelona, Mr Alves was driven to the city’s courthouse complex in a Mossos patrol car.
According to the La Vanguardia newspaper, the 39-year-old footballer is reported to have denied any wrongdoing.
According to reports, the alleged victim of the sexual assault told police that Mr Alves had put his hand inside her underwear in the Sutton nightclub on the night of December 30.
She is said to have informed security staff in the club, who activated Barcelona city council’s protocol against assaults and sexual harassment.
Mossos d’Esquadra officers arrived at the nightclub and took a statement from the woman, by which time Mr Alves had already left the scene.
According to members of the footballer’s entourage quoted by the newspaper ABC, Mr Alves has denied that the incident took place, stating that he had briefly been at Sutton nightclub on the evening in question but “nothing happened.”
Mr Alves was a key player for Barcelona between 2008 and 2016 during which time he won three European Cups and again during the 2021/22 season. He now plays for Mexico’s Pumas and represented Brazil in last year’s World Cup in Qatar.