Puncheon in trouble with the law

Jason Puncheon

Crystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon has been charged with assault and possession of an offensive weapon following his arrest on Sunday morning.

Surrey Police confirmed that the 31-year-old was taken into custody in the early hours of the morning after officers were called to a disturbance in Church Street, Reigate.

Puncheon, who had attended a nearby nightclub prior to the incident, is set to appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on January 5 after being released on bail.

He has not played for Palace since the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, having been left out of their last two matchday squads.

“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,” a police spokesman said.