Dani Alves in hot water over sexual assault accusation?

Dani Alves
Dani Alves

Brazil star Dani Alves could reportedly find himself in hot water after being accused of sexual assault. 

The fullback, who currently plays for UNAM Pumas in Mexico, has been formally accused of sexually assaulting someone at a nightclub in Barcelona last week. 

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According to ESPN, a spokesperson for the local police station confirmed that a complaint was filed on Monday regarding an incident at Sutton, a popular nightspot in Barcelona, with an investigation into the matter ongoing.

News agency EFE report that a woman has filed a police report against the Brazilian footballer, alleging that he touched her inappropriately under her clothes without consent on the night of 30 December.

She then told security what happened and local police were informed.

Barcelona-based news website El Taquigrafo claims that it has seen CCTV footage showing Alves entering the nightclub's bathroom with the woman on the night and leaving the restroom after 47 seconds, with the lady said to have burst into tears when he left the venue.

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The 39-year-old was in Barcelona following his 2022 FIFA World Cup exit with Brazil at the quarter-final stage.

It is understood that he spent time at the Blaugrana training with the club's reserve team prior to the tournament, and returned to their training ground following their elimination. It is believed that he has since returned to Mexico for club duty.

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