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Ben Stokes suspended as video emerges allegedly showing star punching man


By Staff Reporter

England cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been suspended from international matches until further notice.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced yesterday that the pair would not be considered for selection.

It follows the publication of footage on The Sun newspaper's website, which allegedly shows Stokes throwing punches in a street fight.

Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following "disorder" in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol at about 2.35am on Monday.

Police said a 27-year-old man suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police refused to comment on whether Stokes, who was later released under investigation, would be re-interviewed.

However, he said: "We will be speaking to everyone involved in the incident."

He said the "disorder" continued to be investigated and appealed for anyone who witnessed or filmed it to come forward.

Test vice-captain Stokes had scored 73 in a 124-run One Day International victory over the West Indies hours before his arrest.

He was selected in England's Ashes squad on Wednesday despite remaining under investigation by Avon and Somerset Police.

Hales then returned to Bristol voluntarily on Tuesday to provide further evidence to investigating officers.

In a statement, the ECB said: "Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice.

"Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the ongoing police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday September 25."

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