Detectives were today investigating claims an Everton football player assaulted a young model at a nightclub.
Marouane Fellaini has been accused of attacking the woman in Jet Black, a trendy night-spot in London's West End.
The 22-year-old midfielder, a Belgian international, faces allegations he struck the woman in the early hours of Sunday.
The victim, aged 20, complained of a head injury and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Fellaini, known for his distinctive hair, is recovering from a serious ankle injury he suffered during a derby match at Anfield in February.
Sources close to the player said he strenuously denies any wrongdoing and that he expects the police inquiry to be dropped.
An Everton spokesman said the club is aware of the incident but declined to comment further.
He said: "We are aware of the allegations. It is now subject to a police investigation and we will not be saying anything until that is completed."
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police received a call from the ambulance service at about 4am on Sunday.
"There was a report of someone assaulted and with a head injury at a nightclub in West Central Street.
"Officers attended the scene and a 20-year-old female victim was found with no visible injuries but was taken to a central London hospital as a precaution.
"The alleged suspect had left the scene prior to police arrival. Officers from Camden CID investigate. There have been no arrests."Reuse content