Wales

Andy Powell suspended by London Wasps amid pub incident

Andy Powell
Image caption Andy Powell is the second Welsh player to be suspended by his club in 24 hours

Wales rugby international Andy Powell has been suspended by his club London Wasps following an incident in a pub on Monday night.

Metropolitan Police said officers were called after reports of an altercation, but no arrests had been made.

London Wasps said Powell and ex-England prop Tim Payne had been suspended pending an internal investigation.

Powell, 29, is the second Welsh player to have been suspended by his club in the last 24 hours.

On Monday, French team Toulon imposed a week-long ban on Gavin Henson for breaching club rules.

Powell, from Brecon in Powys, was banned from driving for 15 months last year after admitting driving a golf buggy while unfit through drink.

He has made 21 appearances for London Wasps this season after joining the club from Cardiff Blues.

London Wasps said Powell and Payne - who joined from Cardiff in 2003 - had been suspended with immediate effect pending an internal investigation.

The club would not confirm the reason for the investigation and said no further comment would be made until the investigation was concluded.

Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "Officers were called at 2230 on Monday, 18 April to reports of an altercation at the Walkabout public house, Shepherd's Bush Green, London.

"The incident's being investigated by officers from the violent crime unit based at Hammersmith and Fulham."

Police said there had been no arrests and inquiries were continuing.

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