Jury finds Ben Stokes not guilty of affray

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"Now that the legal proceedings have concluded, the disciplinary process for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales can be scheduled by the Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC]", the European Central Bank release said. But that could also depend on whether ECB's Cricket Disciplinary Commission decide to award cricket-related punishments to Stokes, and Alex Hales who was also involved in the incident previous year.

The jury at Bristol Crown Court took under three hours to acquit Stokes and Ali of affray following a seven day trial.

He said he had not been drunk but admitted he could not remember what had been said.

The Bristol couple who Ben Stokes says he was defending from homophobic abuse say he "didn't deserve being put through a trial".

England lead the five-match Test series 2-0.

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The jury heard that Stokes had been in the nightclub earlier in the evening and had tried to return after it had stopped allowing entry, offering the doorman a bribe, but had been refused entry.

Stokes' defence barrister Gordon Coles QC told the court on Monday it was Mr Hales who may have been responsible for injuries caused to Ali.

Ali denied that Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry were being "a bit of a nuisance" and he and Mr Hale were getting "irate" with them.

But the jury returned a verdict of not guilty against the England cricketer and also cleared Ali of the same charge.

"I can hear myself saying "Move away". Mr Stokes then allegedly knocked Mr Ali to the floor.

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And when he intervened, telling the pair: "You shouldn't be taking the piss because they are gay", Stokes said Ali replied: "Shut the **** up or I'll bottle you".

"I felt under threat by these two and felt I had to do whatever it was to keep myself and others around me safe", Stokes said.

The court has been told Mr Hales kicked Ali in the head and stamped on him as he lay on the ground, with Stokes then knocking out Mr Hale.

Ali, an emergency services worker, suffered a fractured eye socket, while Mr Hale, a former soldier, was left with concussion after both were punched by the cricketer in the brawl.

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