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Chelsea star held on drink charge
Michael Essien
Michael Essien plays midfield for Chelsea
Chelsea star Michael Essien has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

The 24-year-old footballer was released on bail pending further inquiries after he was pulled over by police on the Old Kent Road, south London, on Monday.

It is reported the midfielder, who is suspended for the Champions League clash with Liverpool, had been driving a black Range Rover.

Scotland Yard confirmed a 24-year-old man had been stopped in Southwark and arrested by officers.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "At approximately 0510 BST yesterday morning officers in Southwark stopped a vehicle driving in the Old Kent Road.

"Officers spoke with the driver and subsequently arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of drink-driving.

"He has been bailed to July pending inquiries."

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