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Spanish court detains Dani Alves over sexual assault allegation

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Dani Alves scored the opening penalty as Brazil reached the Tokyo Olympics final

A Spanish judge ordered Brazil soccer player Dani Alves to be jailed on remand without bail over an alleged sexual assault of a woman in a Barcelona nightclub, the regional court system said on Friday.

The 39-year-old, who has denied any wrongdoing, was taken to the Brians 1 jail outside Barcelona, said a source with knowledge of the matter.

Earlier on Friday, Dani Alves appeared before a Barcelona judge after local police detained and questioned him. The public prosecutor had requested he is jailed without bail pending trial.

Dani Alves’ representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

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His Mexican club Pumas UNAM announced they had terminated his contract with immediate effect.

“The club reiterates its commitment to not tolerate acts by any member, whoever they may be, that goes against the club’s spirit and its values,” Pumas sporting president Leopoldo Silva said.

“We cannot allow the conduct of one person to damage our work philosophy, which has been an example throughout history.”

The alleged victim had filed a complaint earlier this month and the case remains open over a crime of sexual assault, Catalonia’s court system said in a statement.

Dani Alves told Antena 3 TV earlier this month that he was at the club with other people but denied any such behaviour.

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

Dani Alves played for Barcelona from 2008-2016 and briefly returned to the La Liga team for the 2021-22 season.

He has played for the Brazil national team since 2006, making 126 appearances and scoring eight goals.

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