Crystal Palace midfielder Puncheon charged with assault

The 31-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning in Reigate, Surrey. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters London, United Kingdom Dec 18, 2017, 02.15 PM (IST)

Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon has been charged with assault and being in possession of an offensive weapon after an incident following a night out on Saturday.

The 31-year-old London-born Puncheon was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning in Reigate, Surrey after spending time with friends at a nearby nightclub.

A police spokesman said: "Jason Puncheon, 31, of Kingswood, has been charged with a Section 4 public order offence - causing fear or provocation of violence, possession of an offensive weapon, and common assault".

Puncheon was released on bail and is due to appear at Guildford Magistrates' Court on January 5. Crystal Palace said they would not be commenting on the incident.