Palace’s Puncheon charged with assault after brawl


(FILES) This file photo taken on August 16, 2015 shows Crystal Palace's English midfielder Jason Puncheon reacting ...
(FILES) This file photo taken on August 16, 2015 shows Crystal Palace's English midfielder Jason Puncheon reacting to a missed chance during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on August 16, 2015. Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon has been charged with assault and possessing a weapon after a fight erupted near a nightclub on December 16, 2017. Puncheon was arrested in the early hours of December 17 and taken into custody after officers were called to the disturbance in Reigate, a town near London, Surrey Police said. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS

Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon has been charged with assault and possessing a weapon after a fight erupted near a nightclub at the weekend.

Puncheon was arrested in the early hours of Sunday and taken into custody after officers were called to the disturbance in Reigate, a town near London, Surrey Police said.

The 31-year-old had reportedly been partying with friends at a nearby nightclub beforehand.

A police spokesman said Puncheon had been charged with a “public order offence — causing fear or provocation of violence, possession of an offensive weapon and common assault”.

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 28, 2015 shows Crystal Palace's English midfielder Jason Puncheon running with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park in south London on November 28, 2015.    Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon has been charged with assault and possessing a weapon after a fight erupted near a nightclub on December 16, 2017. Puncheon was arrested in the early hours of December 17 and taken into custody after officers were called to the disturbance in Reigate, a town near London, Surrey Police said. / AFP PHOTO
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 28, 2015 shows Crystal Palace’s English midfielder Jason Puncheon running with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park in south London on November 28, 2015.Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon has been charged with assault and possessing a weapon after a fight erupted near a nightclub on December 16, 2017. Puncheon was arrested in the early hours of December 17 and taken into custody after officers were called to the disturbance in Reigate, a town near London, Surrey Police said. / AFP PHOTO

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

A police spokesman confirmed officers attended an incident at 2:20 am but would not disclose further details.

Puncheon was released on bail and is due to appear in court on January 5.

Puncheon has played 11 times for Roy Hodgson’s team this season, last appearing on November 18 against Everton.

 

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