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Bramble suspended over sex claims

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been suspended over allegations of sexual assault and possession of a class A drug.

The 30-year-old was held for questioning by Cleveland Police following an incident in the early hours of Wednesday.

He was released on bail after being questioned for 15 hours by detectives.

A statement from the club read: "Sunderland AFC has confirmed that Titus Bramble has been suspended from duties, pending the outcome of a club investigation.

"The player will not attend team training or be available for selection for matches during this period."

Last year Bramble, who played in his team's 2-1 defeat at Norwich on Monday, was arrested by Northumbria Police over an alleged rape in a Newcastle hotel but he was later released without charge.

His brother, Tesfaye, was jailed for four and a half years last month after he was convicted of raping a 19-year-old a year ago.

Bramble's career started at his home town club, Ipswich, before he moved to Newcastle United under Sir Bobby Robson for £6 million.

He joined Wigan Athletic and then moved back to the North East with Sunderland last year.

The powerful but sometimes error-prone centre back was picked 10 times for England's Under-21s.

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