Premier League footballer arrested over alleged sexual assault
Hotly chased Malian midfielder, Yves Bissouma, who plies his trade with Premier League side, Brighton & Hove Albion, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual.
UK Sun reports that the 25-year-old - who is linked with a number of big clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal — was arrested alongside a friend when cops were called following an incident at a popular nightclub called 'The Arch' around 2am on Wednesday.
Although the club confirmed that one of its players was arrested, it desisted from revealing his identity for legal reasons.
"Brighton & 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," the club's statement read.
However, the latest report by UK Sun revealed the player as Bissouma, publishing photographs of the player in handcuffs as he was taken away by the police.
The publication revealed that Bissouma spent the day in custody after being arrested in the city alongside his pal, who is in his 40s.
They were in custody and both quizzed by police, the publication added.
A source told the publication that “The club was packed — it was a popular student night, especially with freshers in town.
“People were starstruck to see Bissouma in the club ... they were even more shocked to see him later being led away in handcuffs outside the club.”
Witnesses say they had been at The Arch for “a couple of hours” before an alleged incident at around 1.30am.
A statement from Sussex Police confirmed: "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 40’s and a man in his 20’s, both from Brighton, were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and remain in police custody at this time.
"The victim is receiving specialist support from officers."