Footballers held over sex attack

Roma defender Leandro Castan has shrugged off speculation

linking him with a move to Flamengo by insisting that he is not

thinking about a switch elsewhere.

The 26-year-old centre-back only moved to the Italian capital

from Corinthians 12 months ago but he struggled to establish

himself in the Roma side.

Reports have suggested he could make a return to Brazil this

summer, but he is staying focused on seeing out his long-term deal

with Roma.

He told Globo Esporte: “I have three more years of contract with

Roma. I don’t even worry much about the enquiries.

“My father handles my career, so I leave everything in his

hands. Now I just want to rest, without paying much attention to

speculation.”

The League One club had been on a pre-season training camp in

Cornwall when the alleged incident took place, in Redruth.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman confirmed the arrests. He

said: “At 4.30am [today], police in Redruth received a complaint of

sexual assault against a woman aged in her early 20s.

“The incident is alleged to have occurred at a property in

Redruth. As a result of inquiries, five men aged 35, 19, 18 and two

aged 24 were arrested in connection with the incident. They remain

in custody centres in Camborne and Newquay.

“Earlier this evening, a sixth man was arrested in Cheshire,

aged 21 years. He will be taken back to Cornwall where he will be

formally interviewed.”

A spokesman for the club tonight confirmed Crewe players were

being held.

He said: “I can confirm some players have been arrested.

“From what we know there are three arrested and two helping with

inquiries over an alleged sexual assault.

“The details are a bit sketchy so we can’t really comment at the

moment.”