Former Barcelona and Brazilian defender Dani Alves has been arrested by Barcelona police and brought to courtroom for questioning after being accused of sexually assaulting a lady at a nightclub within the metropolis.
The footballer admitted he was on the iconic nightclub within the city of Sutton late final month when the alleged intercourse crime befell.
However he protested his innocence in an interview with Spanish TV after a courtroom confirmed he had opened an official investigation, insisting: “I do not know who that woman is”. I do not know her title, I do not know her, I by no means seen her in my life.
At this time the previous Barcelona defender, now with Mexican facet UNAM Pumas, was arrested at an undisclosed vacation spot and brought to a police station within the Les Corts neighborhood to provide an announcement.
Native studies mentioned the 39-year-old, who grew to become the oldest Brazilian to seem at a FIFA World Cup final month, organized his interview with police via attorneys.
Experiences additionally mentioned he can be arrested and fingerprinted as a part of routine process earlier than being questioned and brought to the courtroom investigating the alleged sexual assault for one more quiz.
A spokesperson for the regional Mossos D’Esquadra confirmed: “A person accused of indecent assault in a nightclub in Barcelona on the finish of final 12 months has been arrested.
“He has now been taken to courtroom after giving an announcement to the police.
“It’s going to now be as much as the courtroom to determine what motion to take.”
The accusation of sexual abuse in Spain can imply something from unsolicited and undesirable sexual groping to rape. Police mentioned they may not give any particulars of the case.
A courtroom official confirmed 10 days in the past: “Barcelona’s Court docket of Instruction quantity 15 has opened proceedings for an alleged crime of sexual assault following a grievance lodged by a lady towards a footballer.
“The incident allegedly occurred in a nightclub in Barcelona in December.”
A spokesman for the investigating choose confirmed the footballer on Thursday, whom he didn’t title, and the lady has not but been questioned in courtroom.
It emerged earlier this week that Alves flew to Spain from Mexico courtesy of his membership after the demise of the mom of his mannequin spouse Joana Sanz, who was born in Tenerife.
UNAM Pumas confirmed in an announcement: “We remorse the demise of the mom of Joana Sanz, spouse of our participant Dani Alves.
“We ship our deepest condolences.”
A well-respected Spanish information web site reported earlier this month that Alves was alone for 47 seconds within the bogs of the Sutton nightclub with the lady who accused him of sexually assaulting her after he left.