England all-rounder Ben Stokes and his spouse Clare have shot again at allegations the couple have been concerned in a bodily altercation on the current Professional Cricketers’ Association awards ceremony, branding the story as “totally irresponsible”.
The 28-year-old Durham participant was honoured for these achievements by scooping the Reg Hayter Cup at a gala dinner in London on October three.
On Tuesday afternoon, footage emerged of Stokes and his spouse Clare showing to turn out to be concerned in a bodily confrontation through the occasion on the Roundhouse in Camden.
However, Clare Stokes swiftly defended her husband in a Twitter publish, which included a photograph of her “squishing up” the cricketer’s face as an indication of “affection” in addition to one in every of them collectively on the awards night time.
Unbelievable what nonsense these individuals will make up! Me and Ben messing about squishing up one another’s faces cos that’s how we present affection and a few pap tries to twist it in to a loopy story! And all earlier than we then have a romantic McDonalds 20 minutes later! @benstokes38 pic.twitter.com/1HmPV1ZfxG
— Clare Stokes (@clarey_11) October 8, 2019
“Unbelievable what nonsense these people will make up!” she wrote.
“Me and Ben messing about squishing up each other’s faces cos that’s how we show affection and some pap tries to twist it in to a crazy story! And all before we then have a romantic McDonalds 20 mins later!”
The New Zealand-born cricketer responded to his spouse’s tweet with a face blowing a kiss emoji.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) October 8, 2019
Stokes later gave a press release to the Daily Mirror in response to the allegations and paid tribute to the “wonderful relationship” he and his spouse take pleasure in.
“I have become used to people making stuff up about me, but of all the topics not to mess with domestic abuse has to be at the top of the list,” the England all-rounder advised the Mirror.
“It’s an extremely critical challenge for hundreds of girls – and males – who do endure home abuse.
“For it to be toyed with for reasonable headlines on this means simply damages the reason for those that are abused.
“Clare is a robust, unbiased lady who can converse for herself.
“We have an exquisite relationship and I by no means tire of claiming how fortunate I’m to be together with her. We each had an amazing night time on the PCA Awards, ending with us eating out at McDonald’s collectively.
“To falsify and unfold these type of allegations so willingly is completely irresponsible. The means that this has come throughout is to date faraway from what it was.
“It was a stressful 45 minutes for us when we found out, but we wanted to address it as quickly as we could.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board stated it had been in touch with Stokes and his spouse, in addition to others on the awards, and was glad with “the innocent context” behind the photographs.
Chief government Tom Harrison stated in a press release: “We have spoken with each Clare and Ben – in addition to others in attendance – who’ve all clarified the harmless context behind the nonetheless pictures taken eventually week’s PCA Awards.
“Whilst it is not the case here, we recognise that for the millions who are impacted by domestic violence, this is a very real and serious issue.”