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Root, Broad opt against attending Amsterdam stag do in wake of Stokes incident

Stokes was arrested on Monday morning.

CRICKET 29/09/17 23:51
Root, Broad opt against attending Amsterdam stag do in wake of Stokes incident

England captain Joe Root and bowler Stuart Broad have decided not to join Jos Buttler on his stag party in Amsterdam this weekend.

Buttler is celebrating his forthcoming wedding in the Dutch capital, with members of the England’s one-day squad which has just wrapped up a 4-0 win Royal London Series win over the West Indies on the guest list.

But, with Ben Stokes still under police investigation after he was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm on a night out in Bristol, Press Association Sport understands Root and Broad have opted against joining Buttler’s bash.

Joe Root and Stuart Broad will not be going to Amsterdam
Joe Root and Stuart Broad will not be going to Amsterdam (Nick Potts/PA)

Stokes was released without charge on Monday, but he and Alex Hales, who returned to Bristol voluntarily to assist police, will not be considered for selection until further notice, placing the all-rounder’s Ashes tour in serious doubt.

The England and Wales Cricket Board was aware of the stag do and did not request any individuals withdraw from it, but director of cricket Andrew Strauss has spoken to squad members to remind them of their responsibilities.

No other members of England’s Ashes squad are thought to be travelling to Amsterdam – where Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was involved in a car accident during a taxi ride on Thursday.

On Friday, Avon and Somerset Police issued an appeal for information from “two specific witnesses” who are believed to have been present prior to the Stokes incident.

The all-rounder’s arrest came in the early hours of Monday morning in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol.

Journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan, a celebrity acquaintance of several cricketers, claimed on Thursday that the alleged fight occurred after Stokes and Hales had defended two gay men from homophobic abuse.

On Friday afternoon, Avon and Somerset Police issued an updated appeal which read: “Our enquiries into the disorder in the Queens Road/Clifton Triangle area of Bristol in the early hours of Monday are continuing.

“We believe there are two specific witnesses, both men, with information about what happened in the moments prior to the disorder who are yet to come forward and we’d appeal for them to do so as soon as possible.”

It has also emerged that brewery Greene King have discontinued an advert featuring Stokes.

The campaign was filmed and run last year, but had appeared again in recent weeks.

A spokesperson for Greene King said: “Given the ongoing police investigation, we have decided to stop broadcasting the IPA cricket advert, which was filmed last year and features a number of England cricket players, including Ben Stokes. Greene King IPA remains the official beer of English Cricket.”

There has been no word yet from Stokes’ personal sponsors New Balance and Red Bull.