FORMER Barcelona footballer Dani Alves has been jailed after being denied bail in a pre-trial hearing on Friday that saw him charged with sexually assaulting a woman.

The incident happened on December 31 at a Barcelona nightclub.

The Brazilian international, 39, appeared before a judge after being arrested at a pre-arranged meeting in a police station on Friday morning.

He had flown back from Mexico where he plays for club side Pumas.

He was hauled off to court where the judge sided with prosecutors who wanted a bail application denied.

Alves was taken to the Blanes 2 prison in Barcelona and unless circumstances change, he’ll remain in custody until his trial.

He’s accused of inappropriately touching a woman under her clothes without her consent.

She reported the incident to nightclub security staff, who informed the police.

She filed a formal complaint on January 2.

Alves denied doing anything wrong in an interview with Antena 3 TV.

He said: “I was dancing and having a good time without invading anyone’s space.”

“I don’t know who this lady is… How could I do that to a woman? No.”

Alves had two spells with Barcelona where he won the Champions League three times.

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