Footballer Charged After Reigate 'Fight'

18 December 2017, 10:44

Jason Puncheon

A Premier League footballer has been charged with assault after a fight near a nightclub in Reigate.

Jason Puncheon, who plays for Crystal Palace, was arrested in Church Street early yesterday morning.

The 31-year-old Crystal Palace midfielder had reportedly been partying with friends at the nearby Mishiko nightclub beforehand.

A police spokesman said: "Jason Puncheon, 31, of 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."

According to The Sun, the nightclub issued a statement which said Puncheon attended the venue with friends but, after it had closed, door staff intervened in a fight in the street some 50 metres away and police were called.

A police spokesman confirmed officers attended an incident at 2.20am but would not disclose further details.

Puncheon was released on bail and is due to appear at Guildford Magistrates' Court on January 5.