Page last updated at 18:29 GMT, Sunday, 10 May 2009 19:29 UK

King 'regrets' nightclub incident

Ledley King playing for Tottenham
Ledley King has played more than 250 times for Tottenham Hotspur

Footballer Ledley King said a "night out with friends went too far" after he was bailed following an allegation of assault outside a London nightclub.

The Spurs captain was questioned on suspicion of assaulting another man in Soho in the early hours of Sunday.

In a statement on the Spurs website, Mr King, 28, said he had apologised to club manager Harry Redknapp.

The player has been bailed by police until mid-July while inquiries continue into the incident.

Mr King's statement reads: "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."

'Out of character'

He added: "I am assisting the police with their inquiries.

"Anyone who knows me, knows that much of what has been suggested is totally out of character.

"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."

Earlier, speaking outside London's Charing Cross Police Station, Inspector Phil Clare said: "I can confirm, in the early hours of this morning, a man was arrested on suspicion of assault.

"He has been interviewed at this police station and as a result of what he's told us we've bailed him to come back at a later date."

Celebrity crowd

The incident is alleged to have taken place outside Punk nightclub in Soho Street.

The venue, formerly known as Nightclub Pop, attracts a celebrity crowd with guests including Kate Moss and Lily Allen and offers table bookings with a minimum spend of £500, according to its website.

Mr King has 19 international caps and was in the England squad for the 2004 European Championship.

He has appeared more than 250 times for Tottenham and played the whole 90 minutes of the team's 0-0 draw with Everton on Saturday.



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