Risking Redknapp's wrath: Spurs bad boy King enjoys another night out in London
20 May 2009 12:02
After Ledley King's drunken arrest for alleged assault just 10 days ago, you'd expect the Tottenham skipper to keep a low profile.
Despite his manager Harry Redknapp hitting out at footballers' drinking, the 28-year-old enjoyed a night out in London last night, although he was off the booze this time.
The centre-back was spotted at the Colony Club Casino in Mayfair
with his agent and a few friends last night.
It appeared alcohol was strictly off the menu last night as Ledley was the designated driver for his friends.
The East Londoner was arrested in the early hours of May 10 after an altercation with a bouncer employed by the Punk nightclub in Soho.
The Spurs captain is alleged to have called doorman Wahib Butt a
'Paki' after he was refused entry to a nightclub.
After being barred because staff said he was too drunk to stand, he reportedly said, 'Do you not know who I am?' before allegedly assaulting the 22-year-old security guard.
Mr Butt said he was then punched in the face. His colleagues grabbed the defender in a headlock and forcing him to the floor.
Ledley spent 11 hours at a police station on suspicion of actual bodily harm (ABD) before being bailed to return next month.
Immediately after his arrest, Ledley issued a statement: 'I sincerely regret that a night out with friends went too far.
'I fully appreciate that, as a professional footballer, I have a duty to behave in a responsible manner.
'I am assisting the police. Anyone who knows me, knows that much of what has been suggested is totally out of character. I am keen to resolve this as soon as possible.'
King's arrest has prompted Harry to issue a booze ban on Spurs players next season.
He said: '(Ledley)knows he was wrong. He made a mistake and he has to learn from that and make sure it doesn't happen again. I've had a good chat with him.
''I don't think there's any place in football for drinking, for any players. I've said on several occasions to players that you don't put diesel in a Ferrari.
'I'll implement a strong rule next season that drinking is a no-no here. Footballers should not drink.
'We wouldn't get these problems if the players weren't drinking. There's still too much of a drinking culture in English football but it's not as bad as it used to be.'
Ledleyis to be fined two weeks wages by the club, regardless of whether or not he is convicted of a crime relating to the arrest.
Meanwhile, King and his fellow Spurs players are gearing up for a game against Liverpool on Saturday.