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Footballer Craig Bellamy has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

The Cardiff City striker, who is on loan from Manchester City, was taken into custody after two men were injured in an early-morning incident in Cardiff.

The 31-year-old former Wales star - who has also played for Norwich City, Coventry City, Newcastle United, Celtic, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool - was bailed after speaking with officers.

He was arrested after the alleged assault on Caroline Street - informally known as "Chippy Lane" - at around 2.45am on Sunday. The men, aged 20 and 26, sustained facial injuries.

A South Wales Police spokesman said: "A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending further inquiries."

The police were unable to confirm the date Bellamy was bailed to.



The player, who has a bad boy image both on and off the pitch, did not play on Saturday when his team held Premier League Stoke City to a 1-1 draw at their Britannia Stadium ground in the FA Cup third round.

Bellamy, who is on loan with the Bluebirds from Manchester City, was not part of the squad and is managed carefully by boss Dave Jones because of a knee condition.

A club spokesman said: "We are aware of the reported incident involving one of our players last weekend and feel it would be inappropriate to comment while an ongoing police investigation is under way."

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