BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Brazilian footballer Dani Alves was arrested Friday after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Spain and a judge later denied bail for the former Barcelona defender.
The alleged attack took place on Dec. 31 at a nightclub in Barcelona, police told The Associated Press.
Alves was taken into custody after responding to a police call. Prosecutors had asked to hold him without bail, and a judge agreed after charging him with assault after several hours of testimony.
A charge of sexual assault in Spain could mean anything from unsolicited and unwanted sexual groping to rape. Police said they could not provide details about the case.
Alves denied the allegations last week in a video he sent to Spanish television channel Antena 3. While acknowledging that he had gone dancing at the club on the night of the alleged attack, he said he did not know the woman, adding, “I never barged in.” everyone’s personal space.”
Alves, 39, is one of football’s most successful players, winning major titles for Brazil and several elite clubs including Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain during his long career.
He currently plays for Mexican club Pumas.
Alves is known for his creative play on the pitch and his sharp wit and love of fashion off it. He has been one of the most charismatic figures in football for over a decade.
The defender was a key part of Barcelona’s golden years as he played on the team’s right flank behind Lionel Messi between 2008-16. With the Catalan club he won the Champions League three times, where he was briefly present again last season. He also helped Brazil win two Copa America trophies and an Olympic gold medal at the age of 38.
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