Barcelona coach Xavi has apologized for comments he made about Dani Alves after the Brazilian was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.
Following the news that his former team-mate is in custody after allegedly assaulting a woman in a Catalan nightclub on December 30, Xavi said he was “in a state of shock” and claimed to “feel very bad for Dani”. The World Cup winner has now acknowledged that the timing and wording of his statement was ill-judged, with the ex-Spain international speaking out in support of those that are subjected to acts of “gender-based violence”.
After making some remarks against Alves the day before, Xavi informed reporters. On the interview he said, “I would like to clarify something I said yesterday. I believe what I meant is a misunderstanding. My words were not powerful enough.
“It’s a gruesome and important subject. I don’t mention the victims, and I think it is important to criticize all of these actions.. Whether Dani or anybody else performs them. I was unfortunate, and I apologize to the victim and all other victims of gender-based violence and rape.
“Having said that, I am sorry Dani was able to pull off such an act. I’m shocked due to such incident. My heartfelt condolences to the victim. Yesterday, I was wrong in my words, and there was a lot of criticism, which I understand.
“I’m sorry, I really am. I’ve had a terrible day. I understand how important my voice is; I am now a member of the largest club in history. I am sorry for this misunderstanding. Perhaps I wasn’t being too forceful with my words. I sincerely apologize.”
Alves, who has twice played for Barcelona and is currently without a club, is under custody. The judge tells that Alves should be in prison indefinitely without the possibility of release on bail. The 39-year-old denies all charges brought against him.