After being detained in Barcelona on suspicion of sexual assaulting a woman, a Spanish court on Friday ordered Brazilian defender Dani Alves to be kept without bail.
The decision was made by a judge in Barcelona after the 39-year-old footballer was questioned about “events that allegedly took place in a nightclub,” according to a statement from the court.
According to a source familiar with the case, the judge acted as requested by public prosecutors since the court believed there was a chance Alves might attempt to flee.
Alves, one of the best players in football, was detained earlier on Friday after being called to a police station in Barcelona, and he was later brought before the judge.
According to Catalan police, a lady accused Dani Alves of sexual assault on her on January 2.
In Spain, a sexual assault charge can refer to anything from unwanted and uninvited groping to rape.
Alves is charged with rape, according to a person familiar with the inquiry, even though police declined to comment further on the matter.
The insider also said that the woman made the same complaint in front of the judge on Friday.
According to Spanish media accounts, the alleged sexual assault happened over the course of the night of December 30 and 31 at a well-known Barcelona nightclub.
According to the daily newspaper ABC, as the woman was dancing with companions, Dani Alves allegedly reached under her panties without her permission. He then followed the woman into a bathroom.
According to reports, she alerted the club’s security personnel, who then activated the assault and sexual harassment prevention policy of the Barcelona City Council.