Titus Bramble arrested on suspicion of rape
Football star Titus Bramble and his brother were arrested on suspicion of rape today.
The 29-year-old Sunderland defender and his brother Tesfaye, 30, were detained after the alleged rape of a young woman was reported to police in the early hours of this morning.
Both men were being questioned by detectives investigating the alleged attack at a Newcastle city centre hotel.
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 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."
Bramble, a former England Under-21 player, was signed by Sunderland manager Steve Bruce from Wigan for a fee thought to be around £1m in the summer.
His brother Tesfaye, who has played international football for Montserrat, a British island in the Caribbean, is a striker for Eastern Counties League Premier Division club Leiston, in Suffolk.
A spokesman for Bramble's solicitor Mark Haslam refused to comment, as did hotel staff.
Sunderland Football Club has not commented.