Men cleared over 'fight' with footballer Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere
Image caption Jack Wilshere did not attend the trial

Two men allegedly caught up in a fight involving England footballer Jack Wilshere have been cleared of affray.

Bradley Martin, 23, and Elliot Fowler, 24, both of Farnham, Surrey, had been involved in the scuffle outside west London nightclub Amika, a court heard.

The men's friend Kimberley Plested, who was celebrating her birthday, broke her arm in the incident.

Arsenal star Wilshere was given a caution for common assault for his involvement in the incident last year.

Isleworth Crown Court was told Wilshere was part of a group which hurled homophobic insults at revellers before the fight began outside Amika.

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Miss Plested, who fell and broke her arm during the scuffle, was celebrating her 21st birthday and her friends, including Ben Tritton, had dressed in pink as part of the celebration.

Wilshere's friends Adam Mardell, 22, and Duane Brailsford, 19, admitted affray last November.

They were each given seven-month suspended sentences on 23 December.

Mardell and Brailsford were also ordered to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work each and pay a total of £200 compensation.

The court heard Wilshere was in a group, one of whose members asked: "Is it the poof brigade?" and made comments about the revellers wearing pink.

CCTV footage showed Wilshere grabbing Mr Tritton by the lapels of his jacket.

Wilshere and his friends were out celebrating after Arsenal beat Blackburn in a Premier League match.

The footballer did not attend the trial.

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