Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole has apologised to the police for a foul-mouthed tirade that led to him being arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct.
In a statement released by the Chelsea left-back, Cole said he swore out of his frustration with the paparazzi and insisted he would never disrespect the police. However, Cole admits he did not heed their warnings to calm down and regrets not taking their advice.
Cole declared: "I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the police officers on duty last night (Wednesday) for my language."
He added: "I felt I was being harassed by paparazzi and while complaining to the police about this at the scene they did warn me to calm down, a warning that I regrettably did not heed.
"I fully appreciate that whatever frustrations I may have had with others that it was completely inappropriate to vent those in conversations with the police.
"However, I do want to make clear that I swore in frustration at the paparazzi's behaviour. I would never disrespect police officers in anyway.
I take very seriously my responsibilities as a professional footballer, this includes keeping my body in the best condition. Although I had consumed some alcohol earlier in the evening on a night out with friends it had not been excessive.
"But I accept that the language I used on this occasion was wrong. I regret my actions and how it reflects on myself and Chelsea Football Club."
The 28-year-old was arrested in Brompton Road, South Kensington, at about 2.15am after emerging from the Collection nightclub.
Police sources said the officers were already on patrol in the street and were not called to any disorder.
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