Premier League footballer Jason Puncheon has been charged with assault and having a weapon following a brawl outside a nightclub.
The Crystal Palace midfielder was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning after getting in an altercation close to Mishiko in Reigate, in Surrey.
Witnesses said the 31-year-old footballer was arrested after getting involved in a fight between two girls.
Premier League footballer Jason Puncheon (pictured) has been charged with assault and having a weapon following a brawl outside a club in Surrey
A witness told The Sun: ‘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 yesterday.
Puncheon was arrested after getting involved in a fight between two girls on
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 venues 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.’
Crystal Palace have so far declined to comment.
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