Dani Alves: Former Barcelona and Brazil defender investigated over alleged sexual assault at nightclub in Spain

Dani Alves is under investigation for allegedly sexually abusing a woman in a nightclub in Spain in December 2022; Alves denies any wrongdoing after the Supreme Court of Catalonia confirmed him as the accused

Dani Alves, a former defender for Barcelona and the Brazilian national team, is under investigation for sexually assaulting a woman in a nightclub in Spain last month, the Supreme Court of Catalonia said on Tuesday.

Alves denies any wrongdoing.

The Barcelona court said in a statement that it had opened proceedings “for an alleged crime of sexual assault as a result of the complaint filed by a woman for events that allegedly took place in a nightclub in Barcelona last month”.

The statement did not specifically name Alves, but a spokeswoman for the court confirmed to Reuters that he was the subject of the complaint. She said the case is under investigation, but the court has no further information.

Spanish media reported that a woman accused Alves of touching her under her underwear without her consent when she was out with friends at a nightclub in late December 2022.

A spokesman for Alves, asked by Reuters for comment, said the player “vehemently denies” all allegations. Alves is currently in Mexico playing for Pumas UNAM.

Alves told Antena 3 in an interview last week that he was at the club with other people, but denied such behavior.

“I was dancing and having fun without invading anyone’s space,” he said. “I don’t know who that lady is… How could I do that to a woman? No.”

Full-back Alves became the oldest Brazilian to play in a World Cup match when he captained the national team against Cameroon, Qatar, in early December.

He also holds the record for most career trophies with 43, counting club and international competitions.

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