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A Brighton and Hove Albion footballer was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on Wednesday. Two individuals, who must remain unnamed for legal reasons, were handcuffed and taken away by police officers on Brighton seafront in the early hours of the morning.
The Premier League star, in his 20s, was arrested outside of The Arch nightclub alongside a man in his 40s after reports of a sexual assault.
Someone had made an allegation over the footballer and his co-accused’s actions in a public area of the venue.
He has been held at a local police station for questioning but is expected to be released on Wednesday evening.
Brighton face Norwich City in their next game on October 16, but it is currently unclear whether the accused will be available for selection.
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Brighton, currently sixth in the Premier League after a solid start to the season, released a statement on Wednesday evening.
It read: “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.”
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A spokesperson for Sussex police has also released a statement regarding the incident.
They said: “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.
“The victim is receiving specialist support from officers.”
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