Premier League ace Yves Bisouma was handcuffed by police and walked out of a nightclub early yesterday.
The 25-year-old Brighton midfielder spent a day in custody after being arrested at City.
Last night shocked people told how they saw Premier League ace Bisouma exit a nightclub, handcuffed by police officers.
The Brighton midfielder – who has been linked with several big clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal – was partying with a friend in the early hours of yesterday when police were called.
Bisouma, a potential big-money target in the ensuing January transfer window, was then detained by authorities at the popular city venue The Ark, taken away in handcuffs around 2 a.m.
An insider said: “The club was packed – it was a popular student night, especially with freshers in town.
“People were amazed to see Bisouma at the club – he is Brighton’s best player at the moment, so he definitely caught some eyes.
“They were even more surprised to see him later being taken outside the club in handcuffs.”
‘People were absolutely shocked’
Bisouma, wearing a check shirt-style hoodie, was filmed on the Brighton seafront by onlookers led by two police officers.
His friend, who is 40 years old, was also arrested.
The insider added: “People were absolutely shocked by what was happening. Next thing we knew, two police officers were carrying him in the shroud. I couldn’t believe it.”
Sussex Police confirmed last night that a man, aged 20 and 40, had been arrested “in the early hours”.
Yesterday they were still in custody and being questioned by the police.
Witnesses say they were in The Ark for “a few hours” before an alleged incident at around 1.30 p.m.
You saw him and he looks like a really high quality player.
The nightclub was hosting a weekly promo night popular among the students. Bisouma, at £45,000 a week, has been one of Brighton’s top performers this year, helping them climb to sixth in the Premier League table – just two points from the leaders.
Last month he declared his goal to be the best in the top flight.
Asked who was the Premier League’s top midfielder, he told BBC One’s Football Focus: “I don’t want to be arrogant, but it’s me because in my mind I’m working to be the best I can be. That’s why I second Can’t name name.
“I know there are a lot of good midfielders in the Premier League, but for me, it’s me because it gives me the confidence and energy to work hard to show people that I’m here and I’m Bisouma.”
The player – born in Ivory Coast but now a Mali international – signed for Seagulls from French side Lille in 2018 for a reported £15 million.
He scored his first goal for the club against Bournemouth in the third round of the FA Cup in 2019. Bisouma has since caught the attention of a bunch of Big Six clubs with impressive performances.
Last season against Everton, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said he was “the best player on the pitch by a mile”. He added: “You looked at him and he looks like a really high quality player.”
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has called him an “extraordinary footballer”.
Among his highlights was his 30-yard strike against Everton in October 2020, which earned him the club’s Goal of the Month award.
Brighton had to fight tooth and nail to keep him in the summer amid fierce interest, and he started the season evenly before picking up a knee injury.
It kept them out of a 0-0 stalemate at home at Arsenal last Saturday evening.
He had also missed a 1-1 draw at arch-rivals Crystal Palace on Monday night. He has been tipped to leave the club when the January transfer window opens.
Brighton manager Graham Potter has described his 6ft star as “unique”, adding that he has “no direct replacement for him”.
The matter is under legal process and the club is therefore unable to comment further at this time.
a club spokesperson
Bisouma had previously told his parents about his pain of leaving him in Ivory Coast when he was 13 to attend a football academy in Mali.
He told The Guardian: “It was hard to leave my parents because I have always been very devoted to them.
“But I said to myself, ‘Maman and Papa have done their best for me, now I have to show that I am a man and fight to achieve.
A club spokesman said last night: “Brighton & Hove Albion is aware that one of its players is assisting the police in the investigation of an alleged offence.
“The matter is under a legal process and therefore the club is unable to comment further at this time.”
Arch did not respond to a request for comment last night.
Timeline of Young Gardener Ace
August 30, 1996: Yves Bisouma was born in Isiah, Ivory Coast, West Africa.
2009/10: He left the country on his own at the age of 13 to join French football coach Jean-Marc Guillo’s academy in Mali, West Africa.
2014: Star-in-the-making joins Malian side AS Real Bamako.
2015: He makes his international debut and has played 19 times for Mali so far, scoring three times.
2016: Playing for their reserve, the French side moved to Lille. He makes 14 appearances and scores three goals.
2017: Bisouma joined Lille’s first team while he was in League One. Made 47 appearances and scored three goals.
2018: He moved to Brighton & Hove Albion for £15 million on a five-year contract. Played 91 matches and scored twice.
2021: One of the Big Six sides of love is linked to big-money tricks.
October 6, 2021: He is arrested while clubbing with a friend in Brighton.