Cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty after brawl with nightclub revellers
England cricketer Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray following a brawl with two nightclub revellers.
The 27-year-old all-rounder punched Ryan Hale, 27, to the ground and then knocked out Ryan Ali, 28, during the fracas in the early hours of September 25 last year in Bristol city centre.
Stokes said he was acting in self-defence, or in the defence of others, when he punched the two best friends hours after England played the West Indies in a one-day international in the city.
The jury at Bristol Crown Court took under three hours to acquit Stokes and co-accused Ali of affray... read more
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