Lens goalkeeper in police custody for suspected battery

October 27, 2017

PARIS (AP) Lens goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez is in police custody for suspected violence against his partner, with a newspaper reporting that she was found naked, bruised and bloody in a Paris apartment.

Daily Le Parisien reported that the 37-year-old Douchez reeked of alcohol when police detained him early Thursday.

A police official and a judicial official confirmed Douchez's detention. The judicial official said Douchez was suspected of using violence against his partner and was still in custody Friday monring. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak in detail about the case.

Lens said in a statement that it was aware of the reports but could not comment on events ''which, if confirmed, would have taken place in a strictly private setting totally outside of the club.''