Police quiz Sunderland player over alleged rape
Sunderland defender Titus Bramble was arrested on suspicion of rape yesterday.
The 29-year-old was detained after the alleged rape of a young woman was reported to police in the early hours of the morning.
Bramble, a former England U-21 player, was being questioned by detectives investigating the alleged attack at a Newcastle city centre hotel.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Police received a report of a rape of a woman at a city centre hotel in Newcastle in the early hours. Two men, aged 29 and 30, have been arrested on suspicion of rape."
Sunderland Football Club chairman Niall Quinn last night issued a statement saying the defender "categorically refutes" the rape allegation and that he had the backing of everyone at the club.
The second man arrested was Bramble's brother, Tesfaye Bramble, police confirmed.
The 30-year-old striker, who has played international football for Montserrat, a British island in the Caribbean, plays for Eastern Counties League Premier Division club Leiston, in Suffolk.
Bramble was signed by Sunderland manager Steve Bruce from Wigan Athletic for a fee of about £1m (€1.17m) this summer.
It is believed the alleged rape happened at the four-star Vermont Hotel, which has an entrance close to bars and nightclubs on Newcastle's quayside. A hotel spokesman refused to comment, while Bramble's solicitor, Mark Haslam, has so far not made any comment.
Meanwhile, Barnsley midfielder Nathan Doyle has been arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.
Doyle, a former England U-20 international, was stopped by police at 1.25pm on Monday after he and two other men were seen acting suspiciously in an Audi car.
Officers who stopped the men on Osmaston Road in Derby found a substance in the car they believed to be the class A drug.
The 23-year-old and the two other men were interviewed and released on bail. (© Independent News Service)