Sorry Spurs star King keen to put arrest behind him
11 May 2009 08:49
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Tottenham defender Ledley King has apologised to manager Harry Redknapp and vowed to concentrate on football following his arrest for an alleged assault outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The England international was questioned on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm to another man at the alleged incident in Soho, central London.
Police confirmed a 28-year-old man was arrested and had been bailed.
King issued the following statement on the club's website: 'I sincerely regret that a night out with friends went too far. I have apologised to Harry and I fully appreciate that, as a professional footballer, I have a duty to behave in a responsible manner.
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LEDLEY KING FACTFILE1980: Born Ledley Brenton King, December 10 in Bow, London.
1997: Joins Tottenham as a trainee from the famous east London Senrab club where he played with John Terry and Paul Konchesky.
1999: Makes debut in a 3-2 defeat at Liverpool.
2000: Sets a Premier League record for fastest goal after 10 seconds at Bradford City.
2002: Makes international bow for England from the bench in a 2-1 friendly defeat against Italy.
2004: February 18 - Scores first England goal on his full debut in a 1-1 draw with Portugal.
June 13 - Hailed for marking Thierry Henry in England's 2-1 defeat to France in Euro 2004.
2005: January - Appointed Spurs club captain.
2006: April 15 - Suffers fracture of fourth metatarsal in a 1-0 win at Everton which rules him out of the World Cup.
July 31 - Has surgery after suffering a knee injury in training which is set to keep him out of for six weeks.
October 7 - Makes an impressive return for England in an otherwise lacklustre 0-0 draw with Macedonia,
December - Suffers a stress injury to the same foot that ruled him out of the World Cup.
2007: April 12 - Returns to the Tottenham side for their UEFA Cup clash with Seville.
June - Undergoes surgery on torn knee cartilage which causes him to miss the start of the new season.
December 26 - Returns to the Tottenham starting line-up on Boxing Day against Fulham.
2008: February 24 - Captains Tottenham to a 2-1 victory in the Carling Cup final.
2009: March 22 - Fabio Capello springs a surprise by naming King - who can no longer play two matches in a row due to his knee problems - in England's 24-man squad to play Slovakia and the Ukraine.
March 24 - Leaves the England training camp after criticism of his selection by Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, his international recall lasting just 40 hours.
May 10 - King is arrested on suspicion of assault outside a London nightclub.
'I am assisting the police with their enquiries. Anyone who knowsme, knows that much of what has been suggested is totally out ofcharacter.
'I am keen to resolve this as soon as possible and concentrate on my football.
'I shall be putting my all into ensuring I give of my best for the remaining fixtures.'
King is alleged to have asked 'Do you know who I am?' when refused entry to the club.
The victim is understood to have refused medical treatment following the alleged incident involving the 28-year-old defender outside Punk nightclub in Soho Street.
The venue, formerly known as Nightclub Pop attracts a VIP crowd with guests including Kate Moss and Lily Allen, and offers table bookings with a minimum spend of £500, according to its website.
King, who joined Spurs in 1998, playedin their goalless draw against Everton on Saturday.
The defender has 19 England caps and was a member of the country'sEuro 2004 squad, although a succession of injury problems have hamperedhis career.
Tottenham released a statement which read: 'The club are aware of anincident involving Ledley King in the early hours of Sunday morning.
'We await details and information and it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.'