Manchester City forward Robinho has been arrested by police investigating an allegation of sexual assault.
The Brazilian striker, 25, who has a wife and son, allegedly gave a routine DNA sample at a police station, was photographed and then questioned.
Robinho “strenuously denied any allegation of wrongdoing” and had been released on bail, his spokesman said.
A West Yorkshire police spokesman said: “A man was arrested and questioned in connection with an alleged incident in the Space nightclub in Leeds on January 14. He has been released on police bail.”
Robinho’s spokesman, Chris Nathaniel, said: “[Robinho] strenuously denies any allegation of wrongdoing or criminality and is happy to co-operate with the police if further required.”
Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, joined Manchester City from Spanish giants Real Madrid in September for £32.5m, making him Britain’s most expensive player.
He has since scored 12 goals for his new club and become a firm favourite with City fans.
City are due to play Newcastle in the Premier League tonight. A club source told The Sun that Robinho would “be back training as normal and is expected to play”.