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Premier League star arrested in bar on suspicion of nightclub sexual assault

A Premier League star has ended up getting arrested in a bar and led out in handcuffs after causing chaos which has landed him in custody.

Yves Bissouma was taken away by cops and marched out of a nightclub in the early hours of yesterday.

The in-demand Brighton midfielder, 25, spent the day behind bars after being arrested in the city.

Highly rated Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, 25, was very publicly arrested in the city

Premier League star arrested in bar on suspicion of nightclub sexual assault

Shocked revellers have told the media how they saw him being escorted out of a packed nightclub in handcuffs by police officers.

The Brighton midfielder — who has been linked with a number of clubs including the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal — had been partying with a friends in the early hours of yesterday when cops were called.

Bissouma 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.

“People were starstruck to see Bissouma in the club — he’s Brighton’s best player at the moment, so he definitely caught some eyes.

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

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

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

The insider went on: “People were absolutely stunned by what was going on. The next thing we knew, two police officers were taking him away in cuffs. I couldn’t believe it.”

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 officers.

Witnesses say they had been at The Arch for “a couple of hours” before an alleged incident at around 1:30am.

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

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 standings — 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.”

The player — born in the Ivory Coast but now playing for Mali — signed for the Seagulls from French side Lille in 2018 for a reported £15million.

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

One against Everton last term 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.”

Gary Lineker has called him an “exceptional footballer”.

Among his highlights was a 30-yard strike he netted against Everton in October 2020, which won him the club’s Goal of the Month award.

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 rivals Crystal Palace on the Monday night before. He has been tipped to leave the club when the January transfer window opens.

Brighton boss Graham Potter has branded his 6ft star “unique”, saying he “does not have a direct replacement” for him.

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’.”

A statement from the football club read: “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 player and a second man, said to be in his 40s, were both arrested. Neither can be named at this stage due to legal reasons.

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

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