Police in England arrested six footballers on Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault in south coast town Brighton.

Sussex Police said they arrested five men from Brighton and one from Dorset aged between 18 and 24.

League Championship club Brighton confirmed that five of its players were ''assisting police into the investigation of an alleged offense,'' while third-tier side Bournemouth said one of its players was being questioned.

''All have been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and taken to different custody centers in Sussex where they will be questioned in relation to an alleged sexual assault on a woman in July last year,'' Sussex Police said.