Belgium soccer player Romelu Lukaku, who is close to joining English Premier League club Manchester United, was arrested in southern California and issued a citation after failing to heed noise warnings, Beverly Hills police said yesterday.
The arrest was made on July 2 at about 8 p.m. local time after police responded to noise complaints at the Beverly Hills home that Lukaku, who is negotiating a deal to join United from their top-flight rivals Everton, was staying in.
â€œBeverly Hills Police Department officers arrested a 24-year-old male subject by the name of Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli,â€ the department said in a press release emailed to Reuters.
â€œBolingoli received a misdemeanor citation for… Excessive Noise. The citation was issued after officers responded to five other noise complaints from the same location, which resulted in verbal warnings.
â€œThese noise violations occurred at a residence in Beverly Hills where Bolingoli was temporarily residing. Bolingoli was released at the scene with the citation and was not physically arrested.â€
Lukaku is scheduled to appear at the Los Angeles Airport courthouse on October 2, police said.
The news comes less than a day after United announced they had agreed a transfer fee to buy the Belgium international forward from Everton, subject to a medical and personal terms.
The prolific goalscorer will have his medical in Los Angeles, British media reports say, before joining United there for the club’s pre-season tour, which starts with a game against North American Major League Soccer team LA Galaxy on Saturday. Lukaku has scored more than 100 goals in four seasons at Everton.