The ex-wife of Dani Alves, Dana Dinorah has come out in support of the Brazillian player who is held in custody without bail over allegations of sexual assault.
Alves was arraigned in a Spanish court on Friday regarding the alleged assault of a woman during a night out at Sutton nightclub in Barcelona on December 30.
The claimant had filed a police report against the former Barcelona defender on January 2, alleging that he touched her inappropriately under her clothes without consent.
This prompted the Catalan police to launch an investigation after Alves denied the allegation earlier in January.
Perturbed by the development, Dinorah said in his defence that Alves is not the kind of man who would sexually assault a woman.
The mother of the 39-year-old player's children made this known on the Spanish channel Telecinco while noting that members of his family are in rude shock in the wake of the incident.
“I have not had access to him. I know he’s sad, but he’s fine, and I’ll do whatever it takes to help him," Dinorah said.
“It’s a shock, and for my children, who are teenagers and are having a very hard time.
“His family is overwhelmed because they want to see him and they can’t access him.
"His lawyer tells me she is working on the case. Dani would never, ever, ever do this.
"I’m telling you because I’ve known him for 22 years and I have been married to him for 10.
"I think it’s a nightmare and it can’t be happening.”