'Assault' arrest for Downing
LIVERPOOL winger Stewart Downing has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a row in a pub.
The England international was held along with a 32-year-old woman -- believed to be an ex-partner -- after officers were called to a venue in Yarm High Street, near Middlesbrough, shortly before 1am yesterday.
Police said the two arrested were later bailed after being held for questioning and inquiries were continuing.
A spokeswoman said: "The 27-year-old man and the 32-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assault have now been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
"Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and there will be no further details released by police at this time."
Downing, 27, was brought up in Middlesbrough and played for his hometown club before moving to Aston Villa in the summer of 2009.
He signed for Liverpool last July for a fee of around £18million.
The incident was said to have happened in the Cross Keys Pub, in Yarm High Street, which is popular with footballers.
Yesterday, when asked about events the previous night, a member of staff said: "We are not commenting."
Liverpool FC declined to comment.