Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole was arrested for being drunk and disorderly outside a London bar late on Thursday night, police have said.
The 28-year-old left-back was detained and held in custody for some three hours after reportedly swearing at police outside a bar and restaurant in London's plush South Kensington area, near Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground. He was later given a spot fine of £80 (113 dollars, 90 euros) and released.
"At about 2.15am today, a man was arrested in Brompton Road, South Kensington, on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and taken to a central London police station," a police spokesman said when asked about the incident. "He was later issued with a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly and released at 5.37am".
The spokesman did not directly identify the man, in line with regular British police policy. A spokesman for Chelsea confirmed that Cole had been detained but added: "We will want to establish all the facts before commenting."
Earlier in the evening, Cole attended a charity fundraising event co-organised by his club. He then went to the bar with Chelsea and England captain John Terry and other teammates, according to its general manager.
Cole's wife Cheryl, a member of pop group Girls Aloud, is currently climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for charity with a team of other British celebrities.