Search

West Ham deny Andy Carroll attack on photographer in Dublin

11:02 04 December 2012

Andy Carroll, West Ham United

Andy Carroll, West Ham United

EMPICS Sport

Hammers loan striker Andy Carroll accused by photographer of assault

Mystery surrounds an altercation involving West Ham United striker Andy Carroll following an incident in the early hours of Sunday morning in Dublin.

The 23-year-old is accused of attacking a photographer working for the Sun outside a fast-food restaurant in the Irish capital, but the club deny that any contact was made between Carroll and the man.

The Hammers players left for Dublin for their Christmas celebrations following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Chelsea.

They were staying at the five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel and visited the popular Coppers Nightclub in the city, before Carroll went on to a fast-food restaurant in the early hours.

It is alleged that outside the restaurant he attacked the photographer, gouging his right eye, while trying to grab his camera and hospitalising him.

“He was like a wild animal,” the photographer Paddy Cummins told the Sun. “I was screaming, ‘my eyes’, but he kept it up. The pain was incredible.”

However, West Ham’s official version of events paints a very different picture.

In a statement the club said: “Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip with full permission of the management team.

“He agreed to have a number of pictures taken at the request of a photographer who was waiting in the street. Despite this, the photographer then carried on taking photos in the close proximity of Andy and was politely asked to stop by the private security team working on the trip.

“When he then continued taking more photos he was restrained by the security team for Andy’s safety.

“Eyewitnesses state at no point was there any physical contact between Andy and the photographer.

“The Garda (Irish police) took statements from the group back at the hotel and no further action was taken.”

0 comments

Latest Newham Sports News

Leyton Orient assistant manager Andy Edwards (right) watches on at Dagenham & Redbridge alongside Andy Hessenthaler (centre) and Danny Webb. Pic: SIMON O'CONNOR

Experienced coach reflects on victory at Dagenham and how results in pre-season count for little in the end

Armand Gnanduillet
Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Andy Hessenthaler’s team may have to make a trip to Brighton during the week, but will hope to play twice at Brisbane Road

Jobi McAnuff
Paul McCallum celebrates scoring for Leyton Orient (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Pre-season friendly: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Leyton Orient 2

Sean Clohessy
Yesterday, 16:30
A Clapton player (red and white) battles with a Welwyn Garden City opponent. Pic: TIM EDWARDS

Essex Senior League club are getting ready for the start of the new campaign, but lost 3-2 to Welwyn Garden City on Saturday

Michael Walther

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Read more
£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now