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Two Southampton strikers arrested

Southampton strikers Bradley Wright-Phillips (left) and David McGoldrick
Southampton strikers Bradley Wright-Phillips (left) and David McGoldrick

Two Championship footballers have been arrested after a fan was allegedly assaulted, police have said.

Southampton FC strikers Bradley Wright-Phillips, 23, and David McGoldrick, 21, are accused of assault and affray.

A 21-year-old Saints fan told police that he was attacked by the two footballers in a Southampton street as he made his way home from a night out.

The incident is alleged to have happened on Saturday, 7 February after players went drinking in the city.

It followed the cancellation of a match against Watford due to bad weather.

Club 'focused'

In a statement on the club's website, Saints coach Mark Wotte said: "I am aware of the allegations that have been made against my players.

"I have spoken to them both at length where they have explained to me what happened that night and I will support them 100%.

"We are unable to comment any further at this time as the matter is under police investigation.

"However, I can assure our fans that everyone at the club remains focused on the remainder of the season."

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said: "Hampshire Constabulary can confirm it has launched an investigation following an allegation of assault between 0200 and 0215 GMT on February 7.

"A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of affray and common assault and released on bail pending further inquiries."

Mr Wright-Phillips is the half-brother of Manchester City's Shaun and son of former England and Arsenal player Ian Wright.



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