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Stoke player arrested on suspicion of drink-driving – allegedly tried to flee attack by gang

Reports emerged yesterday evening stating that a Stoke City footballer was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in the early hours of Monday.

Saido Berahino was detained after reports of a “disturbance” in Great Russell Street in the capital’s West End and has claimed that he was trying to flee an attack by a gang.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “When officers arrived on scene a car was seen to drive away at speed.

“The car was stopped in Bedford Square and a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

“He alleged a group of males surrounded his car in Great Russell Street and attacked him, stealing his watch.”

A witness told The Sun: “He had been in the [VQ] restaurant getting food with a man and two women, he was maybe there for an hour.

“VQ is open 24 hours, it is the kind of place you go after a night out.

“I saw him leave the restaurant and then all of a sudden there was shouting and yelling and stuff by the doorway.

“He was scuffling with some boys, I think they had just got out a car. It was all of a sudden and because we were inside we couldn’t really see what it was all about.

“The next thing he ran over to a black Range Rover, got in and drove off quickly.

“He pulled in to the next left from where we were, it wasn’t very far at all and the next thing he was being stopped by police.

“We saw him being arrested for drink driving and then being led away by the police.”

It is claimed that there have been no arrests made in connection to the allegation but the investigation is still ongoing.

Championship side Stoke City haven’t commented on their player’s arrest but ‘it is understood he will be dealt with internally under their disciplinary policy’.

Berahino has scored five goals in 26 appearances for the club this season, however didn’t play or even make the squad for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich.


After reading that Saido Berahino had been arrested for drink-driving, fans took to Twitter to give their reaction with many criticising his actions and they certainly didn’t hold back – check out what they had to say on the next page.


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