Davenport denies attacking woman

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West Ham defender Calum Davenport denied assaulting a woman during an incident in which he was stabbed in both legs.

The 26-year-old was charged by Bedfordshire Police on Wednesday afternoon with assault causing actual bodily harm on a woman.

But Davenport said in a statement: "I am deeply shocked and disappointed at the decision that has been made to charge me with assault. I deny any wrongdoing and will plead not guilty. For legal reasons, I am unable to discuss the matter further at this time."

Worrell Whitehurst, 25, appeared in court charged with attacking the centre-back as well as his mother, 49-year-old Kim Stupple, in the driveway of her home in August.

Sources said the woman assaulted was Davenport's sister Cara, 28.

A statement from Bedfordshire Police said: "Professional footballer Calum Davenport has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm on a woman following an incident in Bedford on August 22.

"Mr Davenport, 26, is currently on bail to appear at Bedford Magistrates' Court on November 10."

The footballer suffered heavy bleeding and was admitted to hospital for emergency surgery following the incident.

Davenport, a former England Under-21 international, underwent emergency surgery at Bedford Hospital for stab wounds to both legs after an incident at his mother's home at 5am.

Davenport cost West Ham £3million when he joined them from Tottenham during the summer of 2007.

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