Six Crewe Alexandra footballers have been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault while at a pre-season training camp in Cornwall.
Five players were arrested in Redruth on suspicion of assaulting a woman in her early 20s in the early hours of Saturday.
Devon and Cornwall Police said five men were being held at custody centres in Camborne and Newquay.
The incident is alleged to have occurred at a property in Redruth. As a result of inquiries, five men aged 35, 19, 18 and two aged 24 were arrested in connection with the incident.
The club said it was not appropriate to comment during a police investigation.
The team had won a friendly against Truro 2-1 last night before the alleged assault.
A police statement said the force had received a complaint of sexual assault at 04:30 BST over an incident alleged to have happened in a property in Redruth.
Crewe finished 13th in League One last season and won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and are due to start the 2013-14 campaign at home to Rotherham on 3 August.
It is understood a squad of more than 20 players have been on the training trip to Cornwall.
Earlier on Saturday evening, a sixth man was arrested in Cheshire, aged 21 years.
Another male aged 20 was held in custody in Cheshire.
It is believed that 7 have now been interviewed and all have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
They have been told to return to police station on dates between September 30th and October 8th.
Update 9th July
The club have today released a short official statement….
In response to recent press reports, Crewe Alexandra Football Club will continue to fully co-operate with Devon and Cornwall Police in their on-going investigation.
It is inappropriate for Crewe Alexandra Football Club to make any comment during the police investigation.
UPDATES TO FOLLOW……..
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