Brighton star Yves Bissouma's bail extended for five weeks after dramatic nightclub arrest

PREMIER League ace Yves Bissouma today had his bail extended for another five weeks following his dramatic nightclub arrest.

The in-form Brighton midfielder, 25, was led away in handcuffs by uniformed cops in the early hours of October 6 after he was detained on suspicion of assault.

Shocked revellers at The Arch, on the seafront in Brighton, told how they saw Bissouma being marched out of a packed nightclub in handcuffs by police officers.

The Man Utd and Liverpool target spent a night in the cells with a pal in his 40s.

The pair were bailed until today.

But Sussex Police confirmed they've extended the date as investigations continue.

A spokesperson said: “The bail date for both individuals has been extended to Monday, December 6 while investigations continue.

"No further information is available at this time.”

Bissouma, a likely big-money target in the upcoming January transfer window, was filmed by revellers during his arrest at 2am.

An insider said: “The club was packed — it was a popular student night, especially with freshers in town.


“People were starstruck to see Bissouma in the club — he’s Brighton’s best player at the moment, so he definitely caught some eyes.

“They were even more shocked to see him later being led away in handcuffs outside the club.

"People were absolutely stunned by what was going on.

"The next thing we knew, two police officers were taking him away in cuffs. I couldn’t believe it.”

Brighton said at the time of £45,000-a-week Bissouma’s arrest: “Brighton & Hove Albion are aware that one of its players is assisting police with the investigation of an alleged offence.

"The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment at this time.”

The star has been one of Brighton’s top performers this year.

He recently declared his aim 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 head I am working to be the best. So I cannot say another name.

"I know in the Premier League there are so many good midfielders, but for me, it’s me because that gives me the confidence and the energy to work hard to show people I am here and I am Bissouma.”

The player — born in the Ivory Coast but now a Mali international — signed for the Seagulls from French side Lille in 2018 for a reported £15million.

He scored his first goal for the club against Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round in 2019. Bissouma has since attracted the attentions of a clutch of Big Six clubs with a string of impressive performances.

One against Everton last season had Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher raving he was “the best player by a mile on the pitch”. He added: “You looked at him and he really does look like a top-quality player.”

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has called him an “exceptional footballer”.

Among his highlights was a 30-yard strike he netted against Everton in October 2020, which won him the club’s Goal of the Month award.

Brighton had to fight tooth and nail to keep him over the summer amid fierce interest, and he started this season equally strongly before picking up a knee injury.

He has been tipped to leave the club when the January transfer window opens.

Brighton manager Graham Potter has branded his 6ft star “unique”, saying he “does not have a direct replacement” for him.

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