Bellamy cautioned for student assault

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The Wales and Newcastle United striker Craig Bellamy has been cautioned for common assault following an incident with a student, police said yesterday.

The 22-year-old was questioned following an allegation of assault made by the student after the incident in the early hours of Tuesday, Northumbria Police said.

The Newcastle United chairman, Freddy Shepherd, said the club had a strict code of conduct which players were expected to adhere to.

"We are aware of the allegations which have been made against certain of our players and shall be conducting our own internal investigation immediately. At present the club has nothing further to say on the matter."

A Northumbria police spokesman said: "As a result of police inquiries into an allegation of assault made by a 20-year-old student, police have questioned and cautioned a Newcastle United footballer Craig Bellamy for the offence of common assault."

The incident took place just a month after Chelsea's John Terry and Jody Morris and Wimbledon's Desmond Byrne were charged with affray and actual bodily harm following an alleged incident at a west London nightclub. Terry and Morris were both also fined two weeks' wages by Chelsea for a breach of club rules.

Last year, the Leeds defender Jonathan Woodgate was convicted of affray after an incident in Leeds city centre.

The Football Association has said it will not consider Terry and Morris for England selection while criminal proceedings continue, in keeping with their policy over Leeds' Lee Bowyer during a court hearing last year. However, it is thought unlikely that Bellamy will be excluded by Wales for next week's friendly with Argentina in Cardiff.

The Cardiff-born Bellamy joined Newcastle from Coventry City at the start of the season. He has also played for Norwich City. He made his debut for Wales against Jamaica in 1998 after previously playing for the national side at Under-21 level.

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