Premier League footballer Jason Puncheon has been caught on video being dragged away by bouncers after a confrontation in a street near a nightclub.
The Crystal Palace midfielder was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning after allegedly getting in an altercation close to Mishiko in Reigate, in Surrey.
He was filmed being ushered away by bouncers in a street brawl some 50 metres away from the night spot.
Puncheon was filmed being restrained by a bouncer in a confrontation near a nightclub
Premier League footballer Jason Puncheon (pictured) has been charged with assault and having a weapon following a brawl outside a club in Surrey
Witnesses said the 31-year-old footballer was arrested after allegedly getting involved in a fight between two girls.
The midfielder had missed his side’s victory at Leicester a few hours earlier through illness.
A witness said: ‘One of the girls was with Jason Puncheon. There was a a big slanging match, screaming and swearing.
‘A man who was with one of the girls then punched another man. He fell to the floor and was left with a black eye.
‘Police turned up and Puncheon was arrested. They cuffed his hands behind his back and drove him away.’
Puncheon, who scored for Palace in the 2016 FA Cup Final, was held in cells overnight and released just after 2pm on Sunday.
Puncheon, in a grey jacket and black jeans, was filmed being held back by a bouncer
Puncheon was arrested after getting embroiled in a fight between two girls close to Mishiko
A spokesman for Surrey Police told MailOnline: ‘A man has been charged in connection with an incident in Church Street, Reigate at 2.20am on Sunday. Officers attended the area following a report of a fight.
‘Jason Puncheon, 31, from Kingswood, has been charged with a section 4 public order offence – causing fear or provocation of violence, possession of an offensive weapon and common assault.
‘He has been released on bail to appear at Guildford Magistrates Court on January 5.’
A spokesman for Mishiko said: ‘We can confirm that Jason Puncheon attended the venue with friends.
‘After the venue’s closing hours, door staff were alerted to an altercation approximately 50 metres from the venue to which they intervened as a duty of care.
‘Surrey Police were prompt to attend and made necessary enquiries. The venue cannot confirm if any arrests were made or names of persons involved.’
Puncheon was arrested after allegedly getting involved in a fight between two girls
Puncheon, who grew up in Croydon, said it was a ‘proud moment’ when he was announced as first-team captain for the season in July.
He reported for training at the club’s Beckenham HQ yesterday amid serious questions about his future at Selhurst Park.
The club declined to make any official statement yesterday, but could consider internal disciplinary measures against Puncheon.
No decision over whether to suspend Puncheon, or strip him of the captaincy, was made as of yesterday night.
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