No action against Terry over assault claim

Chelsea and England football star John Terry will not face a criminal inquiry over claims that he injured a steward near the end of a Premier League match, police have said.

West Midlands Police confirmed that officers had decided to take no further action after viewing television footage of the incident during Chelsea's midweek match at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A police spokeswoman confirmed that a complaint of assault had been made by Wolves steward Patrick Steadman following Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at Molineux on Wednesday.

Mr Steadman told The Sun he had suffered whiplash and was considering taking legal action after being pushed in the chest as the Chelsea captain retrieved a ball which had gone out of play.

A Chelsea Football Club spokesman said: "Video footage of the match clearly shows any claim to be ridiculous. The club will vigorously defend itself and its player against this frivolous claim."

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: "We can confirm that a man attended a police station in Wolverhampton on the afternoon of Thursday January 6 to make a complaint of assault following an incident in injury time of the Wolves vs Chelsea match the previous evening.

"The man is a steward at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and claims he suffered an injury after being pushed by a player during the course of the game.

"After viewing the footage of the incident, police will be taking no further action with regards to this complaint."

Mr Steadman, who lives in Wolverhampton, told The Sun he did not think he had been hurt immediately after the incident, but had woken up with a sharp neck pain the following morning.

"I could hardly move my head," the 39-year-old told the newspaper.