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Dani Alves held on sexual assault allegations

Published : 21 Jan 2023, 02:20

  DF News Desk

Photo: via DW.

Brazilian defender Dani Alves was arrested on Friday and later denied bail by a Barcelona judge amid allegations he sexually assaulted a woman, reported DW, quoting news agencies AFP, AP and Reuters.

He had answered a police summons for questioning by the judge earlier in the day. The judge later agreed to prosecutors' requests that he remain in custody without bail.

What are the accusations against Dani Alves?

The court said in a statement he had been questioned about "events that allegedly took place in a nightclub."

The allegations stem from the night of December 30-31, 2022, and had been fairly broadly reported in Spanish media.

A woman told nightclub security staff, and then police, that Alves had touched her inappropriately under her underwear in the club. She filed a criminal complaint with Catalan police on January 2.

Alves later appeared on television station Antena 3 saying he had "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 said.

His wife, Joana Sanz, spoke to the same channel in his defense but said her husband had been out with friends that night.

Alves and his representatives did not immediately comment publicly on Friday.