Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
Bramble, 29, was detained after the alleged rape of a young woman was reported to police in the early hours of this morning.
The former Wigan and Newcastle player was being quizzed by detectives investigating the alleged attack at a Newcastle city centre hotel, believed to be 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.''
Former Ipswich and Newcastle defender was signed by Sunderland manager Steve Bruce from Wigan for a fee thought to be around £1 million in the summer.
The second man arrested was Bramble's brother, Tesfaye Bramble, police have confirmed.
The 30-year-old striker, who has played international football for Montserrat, a British island in the Caribbean, currently plays for Eastern Counties League Premier Division club Leiston, in Suffolk.