Ben Stokes calls allegations of physical quarrel with wife Clare 'irresponsible'

Updated: Oct 10, 2019, 09:37 IST | AFP | London

Stokes was honoured for those achievements when he was named players' player of the year at last week's Professional Cricketers' Association awards in London

Ben Stokes with wife Clare
Ben Stokes with wife Clare

London: Ben Stokes has labelled allegations that he and his wife Clare were involved in a physical altercation at an awards ceremony as "totally irresponsible". The all-rounder played a starring role in England's maiden World Cup win in July before repeating his heroics to help salvage an Ashes draw with Australia. Stokes was honoured for those achievements when he was named players' player of the year at last week's Professional Cricketers' Association awards in London.

On Tuesday, pictures emerged of Stokes and his wife seemingly involved in a physical confrontation at the event. Clare Stokes defended her husband in a Twitter post which included a photo of her pushing the cricketer's face, in apparent mockery of the images that surfaced from the awards night. Stokes later responded with a statement to the Daily Mirror newspaper in which he paid tribute to the "wonderful relationship" he and his wife enjoy. "I have become used to people making stuff up about me, but of all the topics not to mess with, domestic abuse has to be at the top of the list," he said.

"It's an incredibly serious issue for thousands of women — and men — who do suffer domestic abuse. To falsify and spread these kind of allegations so willingly is totally irresponsible," he added.

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