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Dani Alves arrested in Spain over alleged nightclub sexual assault

Dani Alves, an ex-Barcelona defender, was arrested for sexual assault. She allegedly touched a woman’s underwear at a nightclub in Barcelona without her consent.

According to Reuters news agency, a spokesperson for the police said that the Brazilian World Cup star was taken into custody Friday morning. He will remain in custody until a court hearing later.

Alves is accused in touching a woman’s underwear at a Barcelona nightclub, 30 December.

The incident was reported to staff who alerted the police. The woman gave a statement.


On 2 January, she filed a formal complaint.

In an interview with Spanish TV station Antena 3, Alves earlier this month, Alves denied any inappropriate behavior.

Image: Friday morning, Dani Alves was taken to Barcelona by a police car. Pic: AP

He stated, “I was dancing and having fun without invading any person’s space.”

“I don’t know the name of this lady… How can I tell a woman that? No.”

Brazil’s second-most capped footballer, the 39-year-old has made 126 appearances for Brazil.

Alves lived almost a decade in Barcelona between 2008 and 2016, before moving to Juventus.

He has been a player for the Turin club and Paris Saint-Germain over the past five seasons, before returning to Barcelona in 2021 for a brief stint.

In July, he moved to Punas UNAM on the Mexican side.


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