Brighton's Tommy Elphick eliminated from sex attack case

Tommy Elphick
Image caption Defender Tommy Elphick has been ruled out of the police investigation

One of five Brighton and Hove Albion footballers questioned over an alleged sex assault has been eliminated from the Sussex Police investigation.

Defender Tommy Elphick, 24, was arrested and bailed on Thursday by police investigating allegations of an attack on a woman in July.

The Championship club said police would be taking no further action against Mr Elphick.

Five other men were bailed until 21 March, pending further inquiries.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Anton Rodgers, 18, whose father is Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers, Lewis Dunk, 20, George Barker, 20, and Ben Sampayo, 19, were all questioned about the alleged attack.

Former Seagulls player Steve Cook, 20, who was signed by AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee at the beginning of January, was also arrested and released on bail.

The Brighton and Hove Albion players were questioned the day after the Championship club, managed by Gus Poyet, beat non-league Wrexham in an FA Cup third round replay.

Image caption The footballers were arrested on suspicion of sexually assault on Thursday

A spokesman for the club said: "Brighton and Hove Albion can confirm that Tommy Elphick has been eliminated from the police investigation into an alleged sexual assault and police will take no further action.

"The club will make no further comment at this stage."

On Thursday Bournemouth said an unnamed player was assisting police.

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