South Africa soccer midfielder Steven Pienaar has been arrested following an alleged assault on a woman in Liverpool.

Everton star Pienaar, 26, went to a police station voluntarily on Sunday morning and was arrested after officers were called to investigate an incident at a flat in the Sefton Park area of Liverpool.

A spokesperson for Merseyside police said: “Merseyside police can confirm that a 26-year-old man from the Mossley Hill area, has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

“The man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.”

Pienaar, currently sidelined by a broken toe, was part of the South African squad – called Bafana Bafana – in the 2002 World Cup and played for the country at the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana.

In April his move to Everton was made permanent after he played for the club while on loan from Borussia Dortmund and he is currently on a three-year deal until 2011.