Soccer star Dani Alves detained in Spain on sexual assault charges

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Soccer prima Dani Alves was arrested Friday successful Spain connected intersexual battle charges, according to aggregate reports.

The 39-year-old, who had been playing for Mexican nine broadside Pumas UNAM and formerly played internationally for Brazil arsenic good arsenic assorted elite European clubs domestically, is accused of inappropriately touching a pistillate successful a Barcelona nightclub successful December.

A Spanish justice ordered Alves to beryllium held without bail. Alves had returned to Spain from Mexico this week to look the charges and appeared successful tribunal connected Friday aft being brought into custody. The alleged unfortunate testified connected Friday that Alves groped and raped her connected Dec. 30 astatine nightclub Sutton, per ESPN. In Spain, a intersexual battle complaint tin scope from inappropriate touching to rape.

Pumas UNAM parted ways with Alves aft learning of the accusation.

“Club Universidad makes the determination to terminate the declaration with Dani Alves with conscionable cause,” squad president Leopoldo Silva said successful a statement. “This is an instauration that promotes respect and the correct, dignified and nonrecreational behaviour of its antheral and pistillate players some connected and disconnected the tract due to the fact that they are relation models successful Mexico and passim the world. We cannot licence immoderate behaviour that would harm our philosophy.”

Dani Alves Dani Alves played connected 3 World Cup teams for Brazil. AP
Dani AlvesDani Alves was portion of Barcelona’s iconic teams successful the 2010s.FC Barcelona via Getty Images

After emerging with Spanish nine broadside Sevilla, Alves starred arsenic a defender connected Barcelona’s iconic teams from 2008-2016. He played a pivotal relation arsenic the squad won the La Liga rubric six times and the Champions League rubric 3 times. He’s mostly considered 1 of the top right-backs of each time. With Brazil, Alves was a cardinal fig connected 3 World Cup teams successful what is the second-most appearances ever for the nation.

After Barcelona, Alves played 1 play with Italian powerfulness Juventus, wherever helium won Serie A, and 2 seasons with apical French broadside Paris Saint-Germain, wherever helium won Ligue 1 twice. He past played for Sao Paulo successful his autochthonal Brazil for 3 seasons earlier returning to Barcelona for a year. He past joined PUMAS UNAM for this season.

Alves denies immoderate wrongdoing.

Dani AlvesDani Alves was astir precocious playing for PUMAS UNAM. Getty Images

“I would similar to contradict everything, first,” Alves told Spanish TV transmission Antena 3. “I was there, successful that location, with much people, having a bully time. Everybody knows that I emotion to dance. Having a bully time, but without invading the abstraction of others. I’m precise sorry, but I don’t cognize who that young woman is, I don’t cognize who she is, I’ve ne'er seen her successful my life.”

Alves volition stay successful custody until trial, which does not yet person a date.