Rising Midland football star Ishmel Demontagnac has been sacked by Walsall FC just four days after being arrested.
The 20-year-old winger had his contract torn up by the Saddlers after he was detained following a row at an address in Birmingham Road, Walsall, just before 6am last Sunday.
He was later released without charge but the club said his arrest was the culmination of a series of “serious” breaches of discipline.
The former England under 19 international was also sent off in his final match for the club, last Saturday’s FA Cup first round 3-1 defeat against Scunthorpe, provoking an angry response from Walsall boss Jimmy Mullen.
Mullen confirmed Demontagnac’s sacking had nothing to do with his playing ability.
He said: “It is a great shame because he is such a talented lad. If he was in the Premiership then on his day he could unlock any Premiership defence.
“But what happened at the weekend meant the club and myself discussed the whole situation and decided enough was enough.
“The mere fact this is a decision taken after a series of breaches of club discipline says a lot. I hate days like this and it is not a pleasant situation to be in.”
Demontagnac joined the Saddlers on a free transfer from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2005.