Brighton and Hove Albion striker Billy Arce has been arrested in Ecuador for drink driving.
Albion loanee Arce was arrested and taken to prison for 20 days, plus 50 hours community service, reports the West Sussex Gazette.
Arce signed a four-year contract with Albion in August 2018 after he joined for a reported £860,000 from Independiente Del Valle of Ecquador, where he scored 18 goals in 52 appearances.
He has never played for Brighton and is currently on loan at Barcelona SC, who are second in the Ecuadorian Serie A.
Barcelona SC club president José Francisco Cevallos has been to see the 21-year-old in prison.
“I went to visit Billy Arce in prison, it’s a shame, he was wrong again,” said Cevallos, speaking to CRE Satelital. “A decision will be made in the board of directors, because we are armoured with a special contract.
“We have spoken with his representative and the English club are aware of the case. Obviously, at the beginning that was foreseen, we will analyse the most convenient thing. The criteria of Leo Ramos, the manager, is also crucial. And with that input we can make the best decision, since we are contractually backed.”
Brighton have made no official comment at this stage.