England cricket star Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray

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Bodycam footage from the officer who arrested Ben Stokes after a fight outside a nightclub has been released. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank will set up a Cricket Discipline Commission that will take stock of Stokes' involvement in this physical altercation outside a Bristol pub previous year.

Ben Stokes walks from Bristol Crown Court during a break in his trial for affray.

Stokes said he could not remember flicking his cigarette butt towards the gay men or directing a V-sign at Mr Cunningham.

Stokes maintained he heard best friends Ali and Mr Hale direct homophobic abuse at Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry - but was unable to say what those words were.

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Having taken six wickets in the first Test against India, Stokes missed the second match at Lord's while he faced trial.

Mbargo doorman Andrew Cunningham, 37, alleged he was offered £300 by Stokes to let him and Mr Hales back into the nightclub.

Ali denied that Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry were being "a bit of a nuisance" and he and Mr Hale were getting "irate" with them.

Barry added: "I thought he was just a normal lad, you know, sticking up for someone who was weaken than he was, which was quite nice".

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Reacting to Stokes" verdict, wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow told Sky Sports: "It's big for him.

Mr Cole pointed out that prosecutors charged Stokes, Mr Hale and Ali with affray and not assault. "I can hear myself saying "Move away", he said. Mr Stokes then allegedly knocked Mr Ali to the floor.

He said that deciding to use a bottle as a weapon would be a "difficult decision for me to take".

The court has been told Mr Hales kicked Ali in the head and stamped on him as he lay on the ground, with Stokes then knocking out Mr Hale. He did not deny punching two men (Ali and Ryan Hale, who was acquitted earlier in proceedings due to a lack of evidence), but insisted he did so as he feared for his safety and the safety of others.

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Ali, an emergency services worker, suffered a fractured eye socket while Mr Hale, a former soldier, was left with concussion.

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