Brazilian star defender Dani Alves has been arrested by Spanish police on the allegations of sexual assault. The 39-year-old footballer was arrested on Friday after a woman, who accused him of sexual harassment at a nightclub, filed a complaint to the police.
The local newspaper La Vanguardia reported that former Barcelona left-back was taken into the custody by police on Friday, however, Alves denied any misconduct. As per the reports by Associate Press, police stated that the alleged act took place on December 31, 2022 in a nightclub in Barcelona.
In an interview with Antena 3 last week, Alves, who is currently in Mexico playing for Pumas UNAM, firmly denied the accusations and said, "I was dancing and having a good time without invading anyone’s space. I don’t know who this lady is...How could I do that to a woman? No."
According to the Sportstar, the court in Barcelona said in a statement it had opened proceedings "for an alleged crime of sexual assault as a result of the complaint filed by a woman for events that allegedly occurred in a nightclub in Barcelona last month." Although, Alves' name wasn't mentioned in the statement but a court spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that he was charged with the accusations of sexual abuse.
Dani Alves played 126 matches for Brazil in his professional career while the full back has represented European giants like Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain among others in his club career. He also holds the record for most career trophies with 43 across club and international competitions.