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Brazilian footballer Dani Alves arrested on sex assault allegations

InternationalFootballBrazilian footballer Dani Alves arrested on sex assault allegations

Srinagar: Brazilian and Barcelona football legend Dani Alves was on Friday arrested on charges of sexual assault allegations in Barcelona.

A Spanish court ordered Dani Alves to be held in custody without bail after he was arrested in Barcelona on allegations he sexually assaulted a woman.

A Barcelona judge took the step after questioning the 39-year-old player regarding “events that allegedly took place at a nightclub,” the court said in a statement.

As per reports judge was requested by public prosecutors to keep footballer in custody — because the court considered there was a risk Alves would try to flee.

His club, Mexico’s Pumas, announced hours later that it had sacked the player because of what it called “just cause.”

Alves, was earlier summoned by Barcelona police station and was then sent before the judge.

Catalonian police said they received a complaint on January 2 from a woman who accused Alves of sexual assault.

The charge of sexual assault in Spain can mean anything from unsolicited and unwanted sexual groping to rape.

While police declined to give no details on the case, AFP quoting sources said that Alves is accused of rape.

The woman reiterated her accusation before the judge on Friday, the source added.

The alleged sexual assault took place at a popular Barcelona nightclub overnight December 30-31, according to Spanish media reports.

Daily newspaper ABC said Alves allegedly put his hands inside the underwear of a woman without her consent while she was dancing with friends and then followed her into a toilet.

She is said to have informed security staff in the club, who activated Barcelona city council’s protocol against assaults and sexual harassment.

Meanwhile earlier Alves confirmed he was at the nightclub at the time but has denied any wrongdoing, telling private Spanish channel Antena 3 earlier this month that he has “never seen” the woman before.

“I was there, at that place, with more people having fun. Everybody knows I love to dance. Having a good time but without invading the space of others,” the former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain player added.

Alves was in Barcelona on holiday following his participation at the World Cup with Brazil in Qatar.

He was the oldest player to represent Brazil at the men’s World Cup.

In a phenomenally successful career, Alves made 408 appearances for Barcelona, with 391 of those coming in his first spell from 2008-2016.

During that initial stint, he won six La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns and four Copa del Rey trophies.

Alves joined PSG in July 2017 on a free transfer after leaving Juventus and spent two years at the Qatari-owned French giants.

He was signed by the Pumas last July after leaving Barcelona for a second time.

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