Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in the early hours of this morning.
The 28-year-old left-back was arrested in Brompton Road, South Kensington, at about 2.15am today.
The Chelsea player, husband of Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole, was reported to have launched a foul-mouthed rant at officers in west London.
He was taken to a central London police station and issued a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly before being released shortly after 5.30am.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We can confirm a 28-year-old man was arrested at approximately 2.15am in Brompton Road on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.
"He was taken to a central London police station where he was issued with a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly and released shortly after 5.30am."
A member of staff at the Collection nightclub in Brompton Road said she was not able to comment on reports Cole was arrested when he swore at police after emerging from the club.
The Collection, which opened in 1997, became a favourite on the west London celebrity scene after George Michael threw a birthday party there following his arrest in a Beverly Hills public toilet.
Before his arrest last night, Cole was pictured at a nearby charity event with former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips.
Cole joined Chelsea's first-team squad and more than 300 charity workers, celebrities and supporters for the second annual Chelsea Football Club and Armani charity fundraiser.
"Children from Chelsea's two official charity partners, Clic Sargent and Right To Play, joined the players at the Armani Store on Brompton Road where they pitted their talents against the team on Scalextric, computer games, table football and pool," according to a statement on the club's website.
"Funds were raised for the two charities via an auction that was auctioneered by Chelsea and England captain John Terry.
"Other guests included former Formula One supremo Eddie Jordan, Graeme Le Saux, TV presenter Alice Beer and Lady Helen Taylor."
A spokesperson for Chelsea said: "We are aware that Ashley was detained last night. We will want to establish all the facts before commenting."
Cole was out drinking with Chelsea captain John Terry, according to a member of staff at the bar, which is a regular haunt for celebrities.
A police source also revealed officers were not called to the scene as a result of Cole's actions.
The source added: "The officers were there anyway - but they were then alerted to the fact that Cole may have been acting drunk and disorderly."
The police source denied officers were following up a complaint from a photographer in relation to an alleged altercation with the left-back.
Cole was arrested after a meal with Terry and several other Chelsea team mates, Mr Maraj said.
He added: "We shut at 12 but he stayed afterwards with a few of them.
"He was having a meal upstairs in the restaurant - I know that they spent a couple of hours here."