Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his ex-girlfriend in a north-east club, according to reports.
The 27-year-old England international was arrested early on Sunday morning following a confrontation outside the Cross Keys club in Yarm, just outside his hometown of Middlesbrough.
A police spokesman said: "Police were called to an incident at a pub on Yarm High Street.
"A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and a 32-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion of assault. Both are in custody and inquiries are ongoing.”
The Daily Mail also quoted the following from a local source: "She went over to one of his friends and said something that she shouldn't have.
"He butted in and they were arguing. Police got there as they were thrown out. He caused a scene outside the club as well, when he realised they were going to take him in."
The news comes as a further blow to the under-fire Merseyside club after the recent eight-match ban for Luis Suarez for racially abusing Patrice Evra and the arrest of a fan for alleged racial abuse of Oldham Athletic player Tom Adeyemi during Friday's FA Cup clash.
The club have yet to comment on the news surrounding their winger, who scored his first goal since his summer move from Aston Villa on Friday.