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West Ham Denies Carroll Attacked Photographer
West Ham football club has denied claims that its player Andy Carroll physically attacked a photographer in Dublin.
According to The Sun, Paddy Cummins, who works for the paper, was assaulted while Carroll and his teammates were out for a Christmas party after beating Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Sun said the photographer had been knocked down during the alleged attack.
No arrests have been made. The club confirmed players had given statements to Irish police.
West Ham said in a statement: "Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip with full permission of the management team.
"Andy agreed to have a number of pictures taken at the request of a photographer who was waiting on 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."