Stokes’ wife rub­bishes chok­ing re­ports

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Lon­don: Star all-rounder Ben Stokes’ wife Clare on Tues­day rub­bished re­ports that the Eng­land crick­eter tried to “choke” her dur­ing a party, terming it as “non-sense”. Ac­cord­ing to ‘The In­de­pen­dent’, Guido Fawkes web­site had pub­lished pho­to­graphs where Stokes had his hand on his wife’s face dur­ing the Pro­fes­sional Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion Awards Fifti­eth An­niver­sary party.

The pho­tos soon trig­gered al­le­ga­tions of phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion, forc­ing Clare to clear the air.

“Un­be­liev­able what non­sense these peo­ple will make up!,” Stokes’ wife Clare wrote on her Twit­ter han­dle. “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!”

Stokes, who was Eng­land’s World Cup hero, re-tweeted Clare’s post with a kiss­ing face emoji.

The pho­to­graphs were taken dur­ing the Awards func­tion held at the Cam­den Round­house on Oc­to­ber 2.

Clare later posted a smil­ing photo of the cou­ple at the event, where Stokes was con­ferred with the PCA Player of the Year award, and an­other where she ap­peared to be squish­ing her hus­band’s face. Last month, Stokes was left gutted af­ter a story was pub­lished re­veal­ing a tragedy that hit his fam­ily 31 years ago. He had de­scribed the re­port as “im­moral” and “heart­less”.

BEN STOKES

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