A Premiership footballer arrested following an alleged altercation with two youths who threw snowballs at his car has been told the case against him has been dropped, police said today.

Former Sweden international Stefan Schwarz was questioned by police earlier this year after an incident outside a school in a residential area on the outskirts of Newcastle.

The experienced Sunderland midfielder was alleged to have chased two youngsters who threw snowballs at his car on Sunday January 4.

One of them was understood to have broken an ankle while the other was slightly hurt in the incident outside Darras Hall First School, Ponteland, Northumberland.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said today: ''A file of evidence was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service who decided no further action should be taken. ''Our inquiries are now complete.''

The 33-year-old player, signed from Arsenal for £4 million in 1999, was reported yesterday to be leaving the Premiership at the end of the season and has been coaching youngsters at Sunderland.