Carlisle United have announced that three players have been "disciplined" over a city centre night out.

But the Blues have declined to confirm the names of the players involved.

United said today that they had punished the trio to the highest level possible in line with guidelines from players' union the Professional Footballers' Association.

The players have now returned to training with the squad, having been suspended for a week.

The incident related to a night out less than 48 hours before Easter Monday's defeat to Lincoln City, with footage having emerged on social media.

In a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, the club said: "Carlisle United can confirm that the three players who were involved in an incident in the city centre over the Easter weekend have been disciplined by the club."

Manager Paul Simpson, in the statement, added: “The three players were suspended for a week while we made our enquiries.

“We take these matters very seriously and they have been punished in line with the PFA's maximum punishments possible for this type of breach.

“They all admitted what they did was a mistake and was wrong, and apologised to staff, players and fans.

“The players are now back in training and part of the group, its behind us and we are all looking forward."

United have not identified the players involved. Jordan Gibson and Alfie McCalmont have been omitted from the last two matchday squads.