ACCRA − Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Ghanaian international soccer player John Paintsil was arrested but released on bail after he was accused of stabbing his wife, a police official said.

Accra police spokesman Freeman Tettey said yesterday the player was taken into custody on Friday after he was accused of the stabbing attack by a neighbor. Paintsil, who has not been formally charged pending an investigation, said there had been a “misunderstanding” with his wife Richlove, Tettey said.

“She was bleeding profusely from cuts she suffered in the upper eyelid − she also had a swollen nose, so we had to go into action to arrest him,” Tettey said. She is receiving treatment in hospital, he said.

Paintsil, 31, was a key defender in the Ghana team that finished fourth at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa earlier this month.

Following a brief spell with Polish side Widzew Lodz, Paintsil signed for Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2002, where he made 51 Premier League and Champions League appearances before joining cross-town rival Hapoel in 2004, where he played 42 times before leaving for England. After stints with Leicester City, West Ham United and Fulham, he returned to Hapoel Tel Aviv in August on a one-year contract.