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Ashley Cole faces criminal battery probe

Ashley Cole played his last game for Chelsea last month.
Ashley Cole played his last game for Chelsea last month. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

Detectives are investigating a complaint of criminal battery against Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole in Los Angeles, police have confirmed.

The Premier League star allegedly threw champagne over British TV presenter Donatella Panayiotou during a night out at Hollywood nightclub Lure, the Sunday Mirror reported.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed they had received a battery complaint against Cole.

She said: "A battery report has been assigned to detectives from the Hollywood division."

Police have 30 days to investigate the complaint, which they received on May 31, before deciding whether to press charges, the spokeswoman said.

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Ashley Cole retires from international football

England and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has tweeted his retirement from the national team, following reports that England manager Roy Hodgson would leave him out of his squad for the forthcoming World Cup.

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I got the call from Roy and agree England team should be about the young players. I think it best I retire from England team now. ??

Cole said the England team "should be about the young players", adding: "I think it best I retire from England team now."

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We have a great manager and team and I wish them only success. I will be supporting them like a true fan. Thanks to everyone for everything

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