Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has given his full support to Titus Bramble, who has been bailed over allegations of a rape at a Newcastle Hotel earlier this week.
Black Cats chairman Niall Quinn had already given his backing to 29-year-old defender Bramble, with Bruce following up with his own message of support.
He told reporters:"As far as Titus is concerned, the one thing he wants to do is play football. He was in training this morning. He is a resilient so-and-so.
"We want the matter cleared up as soon as we possibly can and I reiterate what the chairman has put out, how we are fully supportive of him and we will stand right behind him.
"It is obviously unfortunate what has happened and it gets bad publicity and bad press for the club, which nobody wants to see.
"But we are absolutely adamant that Titus has done nothing wrong.
"If there is anything he has done wrong, then he has had a night out when he shouldn't have."