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Barcelona & Brazil icon Dani Alves provisionally jailed without bail over alleged sexual assault

Dani Alves, the former Barcelona full-back and veteran Brazil international, was arrested in Catalunya under suspicion of sexual assault on Friday, before being provisionally jailed without bail.

The 39-year-old defender was taken into custody following an allegation made against him on December 30, 2022.

Alves attended the Mossos d'Esquadra de Les Corts police station in Barcelona on Friday morning to testify against the allegations.

The South American was then taken to the Ciutat de la Justicia in Barcelona, where attended a court hearing. The court has since decided to jail him without bail, while the case in question continues to be investigated.

Alves has denied the accusations made against him, which came on the back of a visit to a Barcelona nightclub, saying: Yes, I was in that place, with more people, enjoying myself. And people who know me know that I love to dance. I was dancing and enjoying myself without invading the space of others.

I don’t know who that lady is. You arrive at a bathroom and you don’t have to ask who’s there. I have never invaded anyone’s space. How am I going to do it with a woman or a girl? No, for God’s sake.”