Brazil international Dani Alves is arrested and interrogated by Spanish police

Brazil international Dani Alves has been arrested and questioned by Spanish police officers for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a Barcelona nightclub

  • Dani Alves, 39, was arrested by police and taken to court survey
  • He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Barcelona’s Sutton nightclub
  • The Brazilian has maintained his innocence after a court opened a formal investigation

Brazil international Dani Alves has been arrested by Barcelona police and taken to court for questioning after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a nightclub.

The footballer admitted he was at the legendary Sutton nightclub late last month when the alleged sex crime took place.

But he maintained his innocence in a Spanish TV interview after a court confirmed it had opened a formal investigation, insisting: “I don’t know who this lady is. I don’t know her name, I don’t know her, I’ve never seen her in my life.’

Today the former Barcelona defender, who is now with Mexican club UNAM Pumas, was arrested at an undisclosed location and taken to a police station near Les Corts to make a statement.

Brazil international Dani Alves has been arrested by Barcelona police and taken to court for questioning after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman. Pictured: Dani Alves

Brazil international Dani Alves has been arrested by Barcelona police and taken to court for questioning after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman. Pictured: Dani Alves

The footballer admitted he was at legendary Barcelona nightclub Sutton late last month when the alleged sex crime happened

The footballer admitted he was at legendary Barcelona nightclub Sutton late last month when the alleged sex crime happened

Local reports overnight said the 39-year-old, who became the oldest Brazilian to play at a FIFA World Cup last month, arranged his police interview through lawyers.

The reports also said he would be arrested and fingerprinted as part of a routine procedure before being questioned and brought to court to investigate the alleged sexual assault for another quiz.

A spokesman for regional Mossos D’Esquadra confirmed: “A man accused of an indecent assault on a nightclub in Barcelona late last year has been arrested.

“He has now been taken to court after giving a statement to the police.

“It will now be for the court to decide what action to take.”

Sexual abuse charges in Spain can mean anything from unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances to rape. Police said they could not provide details about the case.

A court official confirmed 10 days ago: “The Barcelona Court of Instruction Number 15 has opened a case into an alleged sexual assault after a woman filed a complaint against a footballer.

“The incident allegedly took place in a nightclub in Barcelona in December.”

Dani Alves has pleaded innocent in a Spanish TV interview after a court confirmed it had opened a formal investigation

Dani Alves has pleaded innocent in a Spanish TV interview after a court confirmed it had opened a formal investigation

A respected Spanish news website reported earlier this month that Alves was alone for 47 seconds in a toilet at Sutton nightclub (pictured) with the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her after he left

A respected Spanish news website reported earlier this month that Alves was alone for 47 seconds in a toilet at Sutton nightclub (pictured) with the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her after he left

A spokesman for the investigating judge on Thursday confirmed the footballer, who was not named, and the woman has not yet been questioned in court.

It emerged earlier this week that Alves had flown to Spain from Mexico with his club’s permission after his Tenerife-born wife’s mother, model Joana Sanz, died.

UNAM Pumas confirmed in a statement: “We regret the death of the mother of Joana Sanz, the wife of our player Dani Alves.

“We send our sincere condolences.”

A respected Spanish news website reported earlier this month that Alves was alone in a toilet at Sutton nightclub for 47 seconds with the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her after he left.

The former Barcelona defender, who is now with Mexican club UNAM Pumas, was arrested at an unknown location and taken to a police station

The former Barcelona defender, who is now with Mexican club UNAM Pumas, was arrested at an unknown location and taken to a police station

There was a beat-by-beat report of CCTV footage now in the hands of investigators, prompting the woman to sound the alarm, although it didn’t release any images.

The 47-second toilet claim was published by eltaquigrafo.com two days after the first reports of an alleged sexual assault allegedly involving Alves in the respected Spanish daily ABC.

ABC, the first newspaper to name Alves, claimed he allegedly put his hands in the underwear of a woman who is said to have danced with the footballer and friends of hers in a VIP area of ​​the nightclub before being followed to the toilet .

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