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Brighton and Hove Albion footballer, Yves Bissouma arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

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A Brighton & Hove Albion player, Yves Bissouma has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and remains in police custody.

He was reportedly handcuffed by cops and marched out of a nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to The Sun the in-demand Brighton midfielder, 25, spent the day in custody after being arrested in the city.

Shocked revellers last night told how they saw Premier League ace Bissouma being marched out of a packed nightclub in handcuffs by police officers.

Clips filmed by onlookers show Bissouma being led from The Arch bar in handcuffs at around 2am

Clips filmed by onlookers show Bissouma being led from The Arch bar in handcuffs at around 2 am

Bissouma, a likely big-money target in the upcoming January transfer window, was then detained by officers at popular city venue The Arch before being led away in handcuffs at around 2am.

An insider said: “The club was packed — it was a popular student night, especially with freshers in town.

“They were even more shocked to see him later being led away in handcuffs outside the club.”

A man in his 40s was also arrested.

Sussex Police said in a statement: “Two men have been arrested after a woman reported being sexually assaulted at a venue in Brighton, in the early hours of Wednesday (October 6).

“A man in his 40s and a man in his 20s, 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.”

“The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is, therefore, unable to make further comment at this time.”

Bissouma, who spent the day in custody, had been partying with a pal in the early hours of yesterday when cops were called

Bissouma, who spent the day in custody, had been partying with a pal in the early hours of yesterday when cops were called

In a statement, the club said: “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.”

‘People were absolutely stunned’

Bissouma, wearing a check shirt-style hoodie, was filmed by onlookers on the Brighton seafront being led away by two police officers.

His friend, who is in his 40s, was also arrested.

Sussex Police confirmed last night that a man in his 20s and another in his 40s had been arrested “in the early hours”.

Yesterday they were still in custody being quizzed by police.

Witnesses say they had been at The Arch for “a couple of hours” before an alleged incident at around 1.30 am.

You looked at him and he really does look like a top-quality player.

Jamie Carragher

The nightclub was hosting a weekly promo night popular among students. Bissouma, on £45,000 a week, has been one of Brighton’s top performers this year, helping them soar to sixth in the Premier League table — just two points off the leaders.

Last month he declared his aim to be the best in the top flight.

Asked who was the Premier League’s top midfielder, he told BBC One’s Football Focus: “I don’t want to be arrogant, but it’s me because in my head I am working to be the best. So I cannot say another name.

“I know in the Premier League there are so many good midfielders, but for me, it’s me because that gives me the confidence and the energy to work hard to show people I am here and I am Bissouma.”

He scored his first goal for the club against Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round in 2019. Bissouma has since attracted the attention of a clutch of Big Six clubs with a string of impressive performances.

One against Everton last season had Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher raving he was “the best player by a mile on the pitch”. He added: “You looked at him and he really does look like a top-quality player.”

‘Exceptional footballer’

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has called him an “exceptional footballer”.

Brighton had to fight tooth and nail to keep him over the summer amid fierce interest, and he started this season equally strongly before picking up a knee injury.

It kept him out of the 0-0 stalemate at home to Arsenal last Saturday evening.

He also missed the 1-1 draw at fierce rivals Crystal Palace on the Monday night before. He has been tipped to leave the club when the January transfer window opens.

The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment at this time.

A Club Spokesman

Bissouma also previously told of his pain at leaving his parents in the Ivory Coast when he was 13 to go to a football academy in Mali.

He told The Guardian: “It was hard to leave my parents because I’ve always been very devoted to them.

“But I said to myself, ‘Maman and Papa have done their best for me, now I have to show I am a man and fight to achieve’.”

“The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment at this time.”

The Arch did not respond to a request for comment last night.

The ace, who plays for Brighton, has been linked with a number of big clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal

The ace, who plays for Brighton, has been linked with a number of big clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal
The Arch nightclub, where Bissouma was held, was hosting a weekly promo night popular among students

The Arch nightclub, where Bissouma was held, was hosting a weekly promo night popular among students Credit: Myles J. Burrell
A club spokesman said last night 'Brighton & Hove Albion are aware that one of its players is assisting police with the investigation of an alleged offence'

A club spokesman said last night ‘Brighton & Hove Albion are aware that one of its players is assisting police with the investigation of an alleged offence’ Credit: Getty

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