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Small detail that may be crucial in Dani Alves rape case as ex-Barcelona star held in jail over club toilet ‘assault’

BRAZIL star Dani Alves’ tattoos could prove crucial as he faces charges of raping a woman in a nightclub bathroom, reports say.

The alleged victim allegedly told a judge she saw crescent-shaped ink on his abdomen when he forced himself on her in a cubicle.

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Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves pictured with his model wife Joana SanzCredit: Instagram
An alleged rape victim allegedly described his tattoos in court

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An alleged rape victim allegedly described his tattoos in courtCredit: Instagram

Her detailed description of the tattoo prompted 39-year-old ex-Barcelona defender Alves to change his account when questioned by a magistrate on Friday, El Mundo reports.

A court in Barcelona heard that the tatt extends from his stomach “up to his genital area,” according to the respected newspaper.

Alves initially denied any contact with the woman, according to reports in Spain.

When asked about the tattoo in court, he testified that he was “sitting on the toilet bowl and she went in and jumped on him”.

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The judge would have asked how it would have been possible for her to see the tattoo, which would have been covered by his shirt while sitting.

Alves then reportedly said that he “stood up when she entered and that is why she could see the tattoo usually covered by clothing as it goes from the abdomen to the genital area”.

Later in the evidence hearing, the footballer reportedly told the magistrate that he had consensual sex with the woman.

His changing version of events was key to the decision to take him into custody, reports El Mundo.

Other inconsistencies raised by the judge include a 10-fold error in declaring his income, reports said.

He reportedly received 30,000 euros a month from the Mexican club the Pumas, but it was really 300,000.

Alves was held this weekend in a prison outside Barcelona and then transferred to a second prison housing suspects of crime.

Today it turned out that he had fired his lawyer and hired a hotshot lawyer instead.

The new lawyer is expected to submit a new application for bail and offer to surrender his passport so that he remains in Spain.

Alves reportedly confirmed in his police statement that he visited Sutton nightclub on December 30.

It came after CCTV footage published by Spanish media showed him and the alleged victim in a VIP area, then going to the toilet for 47 seconds.

New details of her behind-closed-door evidence to the investigating judge were published in Spain yesterday.

She said she was too scared to leave the toilet for several minutes after the alleged attack.

When she finally opened the door, the footballer and his companions had left the room.

She reportedly burst into tears and was comforted by her friends.

They then told club bouncers that she had been raped, and they used their protocol for assaults, it is said.

The woman was taken to hospital and later to the police station.

Her dress from that evening was analyzed by the Mossos d’Esquadra police for DNA evidence, El Mundo reports.

Earlier, we shared how Alves’ arrest was a double blow to his heartbroken wife Joana Sanz after her mother passed away days earlier.

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She said, “I’ve lost the only two pillars in my life.”

A woman said the footballer raped her at Sutton nightclub in Barcelona

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A woman said the footballer raped her at Sutton nightclub in Barcelona
Dani Alves was remanded in custody while the investigation continues

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Dani Alves was remanded in custody while the investigation continuesCredit: Instagram
His arrest was a double blow to wife Joana, days after her mother died

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His arrest was a double blow to wife Joana, days after her mother died

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