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Downing arrested over incident

January 8, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has been arrested on suspicion of assault, according to reports on Sunday.

Stewart Downing
GettyImagesStewart Downing joined Liverpool for £20 million

Downing, 27, was alleged to have been involved in a confrontation with a former girlfriend in a pub in Yarm near his home town of Middlesbrough in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"Police were called to an incident at a pub on Yarm High Street shortly before 1am on Sunday, January 8," Cleveland police said in a statement. "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."

Downing, who has 32 caps for England, was left on the bench for the 5-1 win against Oldham on Friday night but came on and scored in the second half.

Liverpool refused to comment on the reports.