Police: Chiefs player lured to his arrest

Police have refuted reports that the player handed himself over for allegedly beating his girlfriend.

Police say the Kaizer Chiefs soccer player who's accused of assaulting his girlfriend was lured to his arrest. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say the Kaizer Chiefs soccer player who's accused of assaulting his girlfriend was lured to his arrest when a meeting was arranged with him under false pretences.

The 26-year-old allegedly beat his girlfriend and damaged her car in Mamelodi on Sunday.

As the player appears in court this morning, police say the woman is receiving counselling.

The police's Kay Makhubela says the victim is coping after the incident and is being counselled by the police's victim empowerment centre.

"As she was at the police station she also received from our victim empowerment centre."

The Amakhosi player is facing charges of assault and malicious damage to property.

He'd been on the run until his arrest in Silverton on Tuesday.

Makhubela says reports that the Amakhosi soccer player handed himself to police are untrue.

He says police called to meet up with him and that's how he was nabbed.

"We phoned him and made an appointment with him. He didn't know who was making an appointment with him. We arrested him and took him to the police station."

Police have refused to confirm the identity of the player before he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates Court this morning.

On Tuesday, Kaizer Chiefs released a statement on its website saying that winger George Lebese had handed himself over to the authorities in connection with an incident.