Xavi reacts as court sends Dani Alves to prison

Xavi reacts as court sends Dani Alves to prison

Brazilian player, Alves was arrested and detained on Friday, with the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain player accused of sexual assault.

Barcelona head coach, Xavi Hernandez, was "in a state of shock" following news of the club's legend Dani Alves being arrested on suspicion of carrying out a sexual assault.

Alves was arrested on Friday in Barcelona after it was alleged he assaulted a woman in a nightclub bathroom.

The Brazilian denied committing the offence when he spoke to Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 earlier this month.

The 39-year-old, who has also played for Juventus, Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain, gave a statement to the Mossos d'Esquadra police force on Friday before the public prosecutor's office requested that he should be detained and not granted bail.

The right-back has been kept in prison while investigations continue, and his current contract with Mexican club Pumas UNAM has been terminated.

Reacting to the development, Xavi, a former Barcelona team-mate of Alves, said at his pre-match press conference on Saturday ahead of Barca's LaLiga tie with Getafe on Sunday, Xavi said: "It's difficult to comment on a situation like this.

"I'm surprised, shocked, in a state of shock.

"It's a matter of justice. Justice will dictate whatever."


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