Manchester City footballer Joey Barton has been released after being arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage.
Barton, who won his first cap for England as a substitute in last month’s friendly international against Spain, was arrested over an incident involving a taxi driver in Liverpool in the early hours of March 4, according to local media reports.
“I can confirm a 24-year-old man, from Cronton, Cheshire, was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and assault,” a Merseyside police spokeswoman said.
Barton’s club refused to comment on the reports.
The midfielder, is hardly a stranger to controversy. He was fined £2,000 after he dropped his shorts and exposed his bottom at Everton fans in October.
He was also fined for gross misconduct following an incident during a trip to Thailand in July 2005. In 2004 City fined him six weeks’ wages after he poked a lit cigar into the eye of a trainee at a club party.