Cole issues apology after arrest and fine

Chelsea and England left-back Ashley Cole has issued an apology to the police after he was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in the early hours of Thursday morning. The ex-Arsenal defender had been at an official charity event with the Chelsea squad, and was forced to spend three hours in a custody cell before eventually being released with an £80 fine. “We can confirm a 28-year-old man was arrested at approximately 2.15am in Brompton Road on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly,” said a Scotland Yard spokesman. “He was taken to a central London police station where he was issued with a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly and released shortly after 5.30am.” Cole later said in a statement: "I felt I was being harassed by paparazzi and, while complaining to the police about this at the scene, they did warn me to calm down, a warning that I regrettably did not heed. "I fully appreciate that whatever frustrations I may have had with others that it was completely inappropriate to vent those in conversations with the police. "However, I do want to make clear that I swore in frustration at the paparazzi's behaviour. I would never disrespect police officers in anyway. "I take very seriously my responsibilities as a professional footballer. "This includes keeping my body in the best condition. Although I had consumed some alcohol earlier in the evening on a night out with friends, it had not been excessive. "But I accept that the language I used on this occasion was wrong. I regret my actions and how it reflects on myself and Chelsea football club."

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