England striker Andy Carroll interviewed by police over alleged assault at West Ham Christmas party
No arrests made in connection with incident
West Ham football star Andy Carroll has been interviewed by police in Ireland after a photographer was allegedly assaulted.
The striker was with team-mates in Dublin for a weekend Christmas party after beating Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Carroll, 23, denies any wrongdoing.
A spokesman for the Garda press office in Dublin said officers received a report of an incident at 2.30am yesterday.
A press photographer claimed he had been assaulted in the capital's main shopping district, Grafton Street.
Officers at the city's Pearse Street station are investigating the incident.
It is understood members of the West Ham football team were spoken to by police following reports of an assault.
No arrests were made, the Garda spokesman said.
A West Ham spokesman denied that Carroll had been involved in a physical confrontation with a photographer.
"Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip with full permission of the management team," the club said.
"Andy agreed to have a number of pictures taken at the request of a photographer who was waiting on the street. Despite this, the photographer then carried on taking photos in the close proximity of Andy and was politely asked to stop by the private security team working on the trip.
"When he then continued taking more photos he was restrained by the security team for Andy's safety.
"Eyewitnesses state at no point was there any physical contact between Andy and the photographer."
West Ham confirmed that police took a number of statements from the group at the hotel.
Latest in Sport
A tight game could be in prospect here. Northampton have been keeping things very tight of late and ...
by Gareth Purnell
18 May 2013 02:01 AM
I can’t ever watch games of football or rugby without wistfully wondering what it must be like to be...
by Martin Ayres
16 May 2013 05:10 PM
Since PSG’s exit to Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League quarter-final in April, PSG have been sur...
by Matthew Riding
15 May 2013 02:37 PM
Tears and cheers as David Beckham ends glittering career after helping PSG to final win
Video: Emotional David Beckham leaves the pitch for 'the last time' with PSG
Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has pedigree to be success story at Manchester City
Tottenham face nail-biting finish as Arsenal look to secure Champions League place on final day of the Premier League season
Boxing: Carl Froch slams fellow Brits for sparring with Mikkel Kessler
- 1 Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 2 Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
- 3 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 4 'Swivel-gate': David Cameron goes to war with the press over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.