SUNDERLAND say they are investigating claims made against defender Titus Bramble, who is being held by Cleveland Police.
The 30-year-old was arrested in the early hours today on suspicion of sexual assault and possession of a class A drug.
A club spokesperson: “The club is looking into this matter but due to ongoing police investigations is unable to comment further at this stage.”
Cleveland Police confirmed: “A 30-year-old man from Wynyard has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and possession of a class A drug.
"He is currently being questioned by police and inquiries are ongoing."
Last year Bramble, who played in his team's 2-1 defeat at Norwich on Monday, was arrested by Northumbria Police over an alleged rape in a Newcastle hotel but he was later released without charge.
His brother Tesfaye was jailed for four and a half years last month after he was convicted of raping a 19-year-old a year ago.