Reports: Chelsea footballer Cole arrested by UK police

Footballer Ashley Cole, pictured signing an autograph at a chairty event in London Wednesday.
Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, according to UK media reports.

Cole, 28, who plays leftback for club and country, was arrested in London’s upscale south Kensington district, London, shortly after 2am GMT Thursday morning, the UK’s Press Association reported. He was then taken to a police station in Central London, where he was given a fixed penalty notice — a one-off fine — for being drunk and disorderly, according to agencies. “We can confirm a 28-year-old man was arrested at approximately 2.15am in Brompton Road on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly,” a Scotland Yard spokesman said in comments reported by PA. “He was taken to a central London police station where he was issued with a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly and released shortly after 5.30am.” Reuters quoted the spokesman as saying that no further action will be taken. Cole, who previously played for Arsenal before joining Chelsea in 2006, was not named in the statement. Cole is married to Girls Aloud singer and reality TV judge Cheryl Cole, who is currently on a charity climb on Kenya’s Mount Kilimanjaro.