Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez apologized to the leaders of the Spanish Football League, the day after the comments he made, in which he appeared to support his former Brazilian colleague Dani Alves, who has been arrested since Thursday after allegations of sexual assault.
“Yesterday, I misinterpreted what I wanted to say about Dani Alves. Perhaps I was not specific enough with my words, and it is important for me to explain what I said.”
“It is a very sensitive subject, and yesterday I forgot to mention the victims. We must condemn all these types of actions, whether it was Danny or anyone else. My apologies to the victim, to the victims of sexual assault and this kind of violence.” The former midfield maestro admitted that what he had said was “not the appropriate comment”.
Xavi had said on the eve of the match that he was “in shock” and “surprised and shocked” by the accusations of sexual assault on Alves by a 23-year-old girl.
“I feel bad for him,” he added, without referring to the alleged victim.
The 39-year-old veteran defender was expelled from Mexico by Pumas after a Spanish court ordered him detained without bail in Barcelona on Thursday.
Alves, who played eight seasons in Barcelona between 2008 and 2016, returned to the Catalan club for a short period under the management of Xavi (2021-2022).