Professional soccer player Dani Alves, known for his time with clubs such as Barcelona and Juventus, has been arrested on suspicion of s*xually assaulting a woman in a nightclub in Barcelona. The incident occurred on December 30th, and the leaders of his current club, the Mexican UNAM Pumas, have since removed him from the team citing that they will not tolerate behavior that contradicts the values of the club.
Alves and the woman were seen dancing and interacting in a "very affectionate attitude" before the alleged assault occurred. The woman reportedly began crying and claiming that she had been raped once Alves and his friends left the nightclub.
Alves denies all accusations, claiming that he does not know the woman and that he was in the nightclub for a brief period of time. The prosecution has requested that Alves be held in custody due to the risk of him leaving the country, and a judge has accepted this request. Alves will spend some time in jail as he is not currently allowed to post bail.
Alves's legal team has released a statement, stating that the accusations are false and that the former soccer player is "very sorry" for the situation, but maintains his innocence. Alves has had a successful career, playing for several top clubs and holding the record for the most trophies won by a player in football history.
"I would like to deny it. I love dancing, but without invading the environment of others. I'm very sorry, but I don't know who this lady is, I don't know her," he said, reports Marca. "I don't like to invade anyone's space, how can I do that to a lady.
I don't know who she is. She is hurting my family."
The Investigation continues
The accusations against Alves, and the decision by the Mexican UNAM Pumas to remove him from the team, have created a stir in the soccer community.
The investigation into the alleged assault is ongoing, and it remains to be seen what the outcome will be. In the meantime, Alves will remain in custody as the case proceeds.