Dani Alves released by club after arrest over alleged sex attack at nightclub

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    Former Barcelona and Brazil star Dani Alves has been released from the squad of Liga MX club Pumas according to media reports in Mexico having been arrested in Spain over an alleged nightclub sexual assault.

    The 39-year-old, who is the most decorated footballer in history, was arrested by police on Friday (January 20) after being accused of sexual assault by a woman.

    But he protested his innocence in a Spanish TV interview after a court confirmed it had opened a formal investigation, insisting: "I don’t know who this lady is. I don’t know her name, I don’t know her, I’ve never seen her in my life."

    That came after the footballer said he had been at the nightclub in question late last month when the alleged crime occurred.

    Local reports have now said Alves, the oldest Brazilian to play in a World Cup, has been released from his duties at the club known as Pumas and UNAM, whom he joined in July.

    Alves had been at Barcelona for a second spell at the Spanish giants last season, making 17 appearances under former team-mate Xavi and scoring one goal.

    On Friday, Alves was arrested at an undisclosed destination and taken to a police station in the neighbourhood of Les Corts to make a statement.

    Thought to have arranged his police interview through lawyers, 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."

    Fernando Cevallos of Fox Sports first reported the news of Alves' release, a day after a spokesman for the investigating magistrate confirmed on Thursday that Alves, who was not named, as well as the woman had not yet been questioned in court.

    It emerged earlier this week Alves flew to Spain from Mexico with the permission of Pumas after the mother of his model wife Joana Sanz had died.

    UNAM Pumas confirmed in a statement: “We regret the death of the mother of Joana Sanz, wife of our player Dani Alves. We send our most sincere condolences."

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