Former Brazil right-back, Dani Alves, was on Friday arrested by police in Barcelona for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman last month.
Alves was arrested at the Mossos d’Esquadra de Les Corts police station in Barcelona on Friday at 10am local time.
As per Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, the footballer was taken to the Ciutat de la Justicia in Barcelona, where he will go to court and the judge will decide on his provisional situation while the case is being investigated.
Catalonia’s Supreme Court confirmed that it has opened proceedings “for an alleged crime of sexual assault as a result of the complaint filed by a woman for events that allegedly occurred in a nightclub in Barcelona last month.”
A spokesman for the regional Mossos D’Esquadra confirmed: “A man accused of an indecent assault at a nightclub in Barcelona late last year has been arrested. He has now been taken to court after making a statement to police. It will be up to the court now to decide what measures to take.”
Alves is currently said to be in a cell underneath the court complex in Barcelona ahead of being questioned by a judge. Well-placed sources have said it is unlikely he will be remanded in custody, although it is not yet clear what demand a state prosecutor who will be present in the behind-closed-doors court hearing will make.
A woman claimed to Spanish media, two days after the alleged incident, that the footballer had reached underneath her underwear without consent while in the Sutton nightclub in the city at the end of December.