Brazilian defender, Dani Alves was taken into custody on Friday in Spain over allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman at a Barcelona nightclub in December last year, the police said.
The former Juventus was summoned to a Barcelona police station where he was taken into custody, and will now be questioned by a judge, accord to a spokesman for Catalonia’s regional police force, the Mossosd’Esquadra.
Catalan police received a complaint on January 2 from the lady who said Alves had touched her inappropriately.
The sexual assault took place at a popular Barcelona nightclub overnight December 30-31 2021, according to reports from the Spanish media.
Reports say the player was accused of putting his hands down the woman’s pants.
Alves, 39, has confirmed he was at the night club at the time but has denied any wrongdoing, telling private Spanish television 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 and Juventus player added.
Dani Alves, who currently plays for Pumas UNAM in Mexico, was in Barcelona on holiday following his involvement in the just concluded World Cup in Qatar.
A Barcelona court said earlier this month it had opened a probe “into an alleged crime of sexual assault as a result of a complaint filed by a woman against a footballer”.