A Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in the early hours of Wednesday at a nightclub.
Late on Wednesday night, news emerged that an unnamed midfielder for the Seagulls had been arrested.
The individual was handcuffed and led away by two police officers outside seafront club The Arch.
He was then remanded in custody for questioning at a local police station, before being released on bail.
Sussex police confirmed a player in his 20s was arrested, along with a friend in his 40s.
BREAKING @OfficialBHAFC footballer in is 20s arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at seafront nightclub in the early hours of this morning. Player cannot be named for legal reasons.— John Simpson (@thejohnsimpson) October 6, 2021
Sussex police confirm man in his 20s and co-accused in his 40s arrested.
A statement from Sussex Police read: "Two men have been arrested after a woman reported being sexually assaulted at a venue in Brighton, in the early hours of Wednesday.
"A man in his forties and a man in his twenties, both from Brighton, were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and remain in police custody at this time.”
Brighton, meanwhile released their own statement on the matter, writing: “Brighton and Hove Albion are aware that one of its players is assisting police with the investigation of an alleged offence.
"The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment at this time.”
Oh dear. ‘@OfficialBHAFC are aware that one of its players is assisting police with the investigation of an alleged offence. The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment at this time.’— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) October 6, 2021
Brighton have made a strong start to the season under Graham Potter and sit in sixth place, just two points off the top after seven games.
They take on Norwich City in their next Premier League fixture after the international break ends.
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