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Ben Stokes pleads not guilty to affray over nightclub incident

AFP  |  London 

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, accused of involvement in an altercation outside a nightclub that cost him his place on tour, pleaded not guilty to a charge of in court today.

The 26-year-old, who missed the trip to after being suspended from playing for England, appeared at a magistrates' court in the southwestern city of along with and

It follows the altercation during the early hours of September 25 last year, several hours after England had played a one-day international against the in the city.

It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which fellow England was also present. Hales faced no charges.

Ali, Stokes and Hale spoke to confirm their names, dates of births, addresses and nationalities. The read out the charges and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas.

Stokes is accused jointly with Ali and Hale of using or threatening unlawful violence towards another.

The charge states that his "conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety".

The other two defendants face the same charge.

All three defendants elected to be tried by a jury at a crown court.

"I have decided that your trial will take place at the crown court at The first hearing date will be March 12," said "You will be on bail."

Without Stokes, England lost to 4-0.


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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 17:15 IST