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Ben Stokes' tweet about Tyson Fury last year is re-emerging after Bristol incident

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England cricketer Ben Stokes has been axed from the England team, after The Sun exclusively showed a video of him fighting on the streets in Bristol. 

Stokes and his teammate Alex Hales, who was also included in the incident, have both been dropped "until further notice", which casts some serious doubt over Stokes' place in the Ashes squad.

Not long ago, though, Ben Stokes had something to say about Tyson Fury and his issues, labelling his compatriot an "embarrassment to professional sport".

Back in October 2016, former world heavyweight champion Fury confessed he was dealing with depression, and cocaine took part in his battle.

Fury was stripped of his titles and lost his boxing licence, before going at the boxing industry on social media, claiming the sport is "a pile of s***".

In relation to the scandal, Stokes posted on Twitter something which would surely come back at him after his punching shame.

He wrote: "Fury is an embarrassment to professional sport."

Interesting if he still has that point of view.

Stokes himself is believed to be "devastated and fragile" after the brawl, and he apologised to the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The ECB launched disciplinary procedures against him, but for now he remains on full pay.

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A spokesman said: "Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice.

"Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the on going Police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday 25 September.

"Andrew Strauss, Director of England Cricket, will today refer the internal disciplinary procedure for these two players to the Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O’Gorman.

"These decisions, fully supported by ECB Chairman Colin Graves, were made following the release of footage viewed by ECB for the first time on Wednesday night."

Police explained that investigations on the incident are still ongoing.

On the contrary to his reaction a year ago, Ben Stokes received some support in these hard days for him.

Former teammate Graeme Swann defended Stokes, even labelling him as "a bit of a hero".

The video shows one of the men waving a bottle, so Swann has a different point of view: "If that video is what they are going on, then Ben Stokes is a bit of a hero for me.

“Are we living in a world where someone comes at you with a bottle and you’re not allowed to fight back?

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"I don’t condone violence and I would certainly take issue with anyone who looks to start a fight, but if you are on the receiving end then I can understand why you’d want to stop it.

“As a dad, if I watched that and Stokesy was my son I’d be patting him on the back and saying, 'Well done, mate."

Stokes appears way too aggressive for a defending person, but would hope that more people share Swann's opinion on the incident.

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