Premier League star Djibril Cisse has been arrested on suspicion of common assault following an incident outside a lap dancing bar in the early hours of Monday morning.
The Sunderland footballer was later released on police bail by officers investigating the incident in Newcastle city centre.
It is understood the alleged assault and a heated debate took place at around 3am outside the Diamonds club on Grey Street between Cisse, 27, and an unnamed woman.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "A 27-year-old man was arrested for common assault at around 3am on Monday in Grey Street, Newcastle.
"He has been bailed pending further inquiries."
However, Cisse's spokesperson insists the French international voluntarily handed himself into Northumbria police to help with their inquiries and has vowed to clear his name.
"Djibril categorically denies any assault," said the spokesperson, who also claimed that Cisse had not been inside the club, nor had he been drinking, and was on his way past the Diamonds bar when the alleged fracas took place.
The striker, who is on loan at Sunderland from French club Marseille, used to play for Liverpool under the reign of Gerard Houllier.
He married former £300-a-week Welsh hairdresser Jude Littler, 33, in June 2005 and owns a shop in Newcastle called The Pr9ject.
The Frenchman, who earns £60,000 a week at Sunderland, has more than 40 tattoos with some dedicated to his wife and three children.