Titus Bramble has been suspended by Sunderland, as the club investigate the surroundings of his arrest on Wednesday night.
The defender was detained by police and questioned over accusations of sexual assault and possession of a class A drug, but released pending further investigation on Thursday morning.
The centre back has been the centre of controversy in the past, after being accused of raping a woman in a Newcastle hotel last year, but on that occasion escaped any further punishment.
However, as the police look into the latest incident further, Bramble will not train or play for The Black Cats.
“Sunderland AFC has confirmed that Titus Bramble has been suspended from duties, pending the outcome of a club investigation,” a statement on the club’s official website reads.
“The player will not attend team training or be available for selection for matches during this period. The club is unable to make any further comment on the matter at present.”
Bramble will now miss Saturday’s home game against West Brom at the Stadium of Light, but Steve Bruce may be able to call upon Michael Turner as his replacement, who is on the verge of returning from injury.
Written By Gareth McKnight
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