Tottenham punish King over nighclub incident

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Ledley King will be in Tottenham's lineup to face Manchester City on Saturday even though the club have punished the defender for being arrested outside a nightclub while apparently drunk.

King was released on bail after being questioned by the police over the incident, which happened in central London hours after he had played in Spurs 0-0 draw with Everton last Saturday. A nightclub doorman alleged that the Spurs player had assaulted him after being refused entry.

"Ledley will play tomorrow. He has apologised," Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said today. "He 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."

Redknapp did not reveal what action Tottenham had taken against King. But he said he was disappointed with the defender's behavior.

"There is no problem with people having the occasional drink, but if you have to get drunk you shouldn't be drinking," the Spurs manager said. "I don't want players going to nightclubs and misbehaving. The problems nearly all come when players get drunk. These players are role models. They've got kids looking up to them."