BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves was arrested on Friday after being charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Spain and a judge later denied the former Barcelona defender bail.
The alleged assault took place on December 31 at a nightclub in Barcelona, police told The Associated Press.
Alves was taken into custody after responding to a police summons. State prosecutors had asked that he be held without bond, and a judge agreed after charging him with sexual assault after several hours of testimony.
A sexual assault charge in Spain can mean anything from unsolicited and unwanted sexual groping to rape. Police said they could not give any details of the case.
Alves denied the allegations last week in a video he sent to Spanish TV channel Antena 3. While acknowledging he went dancing at the club the night of the alleged assault, he said he didn’t know the woman and added, “I’ve never invaded anyone’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.
Known for his creative on-field play, quick wit and love of fashion, Alves has been one of football’s most charismatic figures for over a decade.
The defender played a key role in Barcelona’s golden years playing between 2008 and 2016 on the team’s right flank behind Lionel Messi. He won the Champions League three times with the Catalan club, which he briefly joined last season. He also helped Brazil win two Copa America trophies and an Olympic gold medal. at 38 years old.
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