Football star arrested in nightclub brawl

Millers Tom Pope
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A South Yorkshire striker is under police investigation after he was arrested following a nightclub brawl.

Rotherham United’s Tom Pope, aged 25, was arrested in Stafford in the early hours of Wednesday morning with two Port Vale footballers, including former Rotherham midfielder Gary Roberts.

The striker has been released on police bail after being questioned on suspicion of assault along with Roberts, 24 and Port Vale defender Lee Collins, 22.

Pope returned to the Millers last week after a three-month loan at Port Vale, the club he supported as a boy.

The three footballers had been at an event called ‘Go Wild’, which offered spirits and mixers for £1.50 or four bottles of alcohol for £5.

Two other men received minor injuries in a fight at the club, Staffordshire Police said.

Asked about the footballers, a spokesman for the force said: “Three men were arrested following a disturbance at the Casa nightclub early hours of Wednesday.

“A 24-year-old man from Chester, a 22-year-old Birmingham man and a 25-year-old from Derby were arrested and taken into custody.

“Staffordshire Police treats alcohol-related violence seriously.”

Officers are studying CCTV footage and have issued an appeal for witnesses.

Pope signed for Rotherham in 2009 for £150,000.

Rotherham United declined to comment.

Port Vale chief executive Perry Deakin said: “These allegations will be fully investigated by the club and dealt with internally.”