Dani Alves Charged With Sexual Assault and Held Without Bail in Spain

Dani Alves

Legendary Brazil and Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has been held in Spain for an unspecified period for sexually assaulting a woman in a nightclub.

Dani Alves currently plays for Pumas UNAM in Ciudad Universitaria of Mexico City. The 39-year-old Brazilian’s first trophy-laden stint at Barcelona from 2008 to 2016 saw him win three Champions League trophies as well as six Spanish La Liga championships.

This week, Alves traveled from Mexico to Spain to face the charges. He showed up at a local police station in Barcelona on Friday, and after being questioned by the judge, officers took him to the Ciutat de la Justicia.

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The victim reported Dani Alves for non-consensual touching in the bathrooms of a nightclub in Barcelona on the night of December 30. After Barcelona opted not to renew his contract, Dani Alves left Barcelona at the conclusion of his second stint at the club.

He then joined Pumas UNAM and was called up to the Brazil squad at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. He traveled to Barcelona after the World Cup to stay for a few days in the city where the alleged events that led to his arrest occurred.

Dani Alves during his unveiling at Pumas in July 2022 (Photo: Courtesy)
Dani Alves during his unveiling at Pumas in July 2022 (Photo: Courtesy)

Alves will be detained until his trial at a later, as yet undetermined, date unless that ruling is overturned on appeal. Early this month, the initial investigation got underway. Alves has denied any wrongdoing.

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