Doncaster Rovers have declined to make any public comment on reports of the arrest of one of their top players following a night club brawl.
Six men, including Rovers striker El Hadji Diouf, are reported to have been arrested after a weekend incident in Manchester which left a man seriously hurt.
The Doncaster Rovers striker is understood to be one of five men who were bailed until May.
Yesterday the club commented: “We don’t know what the facts are so we will be making no comment about this.”
Greater Manchester Police say a 33-year-old man is seriously ill but stable in hospital following the alleged incident at 3.40am on Sunday in the Circle Club. The injured man was found close to the Barton Arcade club.
A GMP statement said: “Six men were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, five of whom have been bailed until 23 May pending further police inquiries. Another man has assisted the investigation, which is ongoing.”
Mr Diouf, aged 31, who appeared for Senegal in the 2002 World Cup and has previously played for Liverpool, Bolton and Blackburn, did not play in Doncaster’s 4-3 defeat by Portsmouth on Saturday, which saw them relegated from the Championship to League One.
QPR’s Anton Ferdinand is understood to have been interviewed under police caution but not arrested.
Mr Ferdinand, 27, who was a team-mate of Mr Diouf’s at Sunderland and is the brother of Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand, played in his club’s 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on the same day.