Dani Alves remanded in custody for sexual assault

“Barcelona Investigative Court No. 15 today heard footballer Dani Alves, accused by a woman of an alleged offense of sexual assault for facts that allegedly took place in a Barcelona nightclub in December,” said the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia in a brief statement.

“The magistrate decided to remand” the player, as the prosecution had requested earlier, added the body.

According to a source close to the case, the young woman accuses the 39-year-old Brazilian international of “rape”, a criminal qualification that is part of sexual assault in the Spanish criminal code. The young woman reiterated her accusations on Friday before the magistrate, according to this source.

The facts would have taken place in the toilets of a fashionable nightclub in Barcelona on the night of December 30 to 31, according to the media.

Summoned to a Barcelona police station on Friday morning, the footballer had been “placed in police custody” before being transferred to the Barcelona court to be brought before this judge, the Catalan regional police told AFP.

The court had announced the opening of an investigation for sexual assault on January 10, after the filing of a complaint by the young woman eight days earlier.

According to the source familiar with the matter, the provisional detention of Dani Alves was decided because of the risk of “flight” of the Brazilian player, and the absence of an extradition treaty between Brazil and Spain.

The player denies the facts

In a video message transmitted to the Spanish channel Antena 3 and broadcast on January 5, the player categorically denied the facts.

“First of all, I would like to deny it. I was there, in this place, I spent a good evening with other people, but without invading the space of others, ”he said. “I don’t know who this young woman is, I don’t know her,” he still assured.

“On the 30th, he went to dinner with his friends, to disconnect a little, he really needed it. He went out dancing and enjoying the music as he knows how. And that’s all. He did nothing wrong,” said his Spanish wife, Joana Sanz, in an interview broadcast on January 9 on the same channel, describing this information as “without head or tail”.

Ex-player of FC Barcelona, ​​Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, the most successful footballer in the world (43 trophies), Alves had spent a few days of vacation in Barcelona at the end of December after participating in the World Cup in Qatar with the Brazilian selection. and before returning to his current club Pumas de Mexico.

In Qatar, the defender became the oldest Brazilian ever fielded in the World Cup.

After debuting at the age of 18 with the first team of Esporte Clube Bahia in Brazil, Alves was quickly spotted by Spanish clubs.

Arrived at Sevilla FC in 2002, six years later he joined the club which would see its greatest success: FC Barcelona, ​​with which he won 23 titles from 2008 to 2016 including three Champions Leagues, six Liga and four King’s Cups.

He then left the Camp Nou for Turin and Juventus where he would only stay for one season, the time to glean a Scudetto and an Italian Cup.

Alves then left for PSG, where he reunited with his compatriot Neymar. Having little fun in Paris, he returned to Brazil in 2019 before making a brief six-month return to Barça. He was also crowned Olympic champion with Brazil at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Very present on social networks, Alves arrested Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro there in 2019 for his homophobic, misogynistic and racist remarks, before finally supporting him during the presidential election of 2022.

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