Club investigation into Republic of Ireland player who 'urinated in glass' at Cheltenham
MK Dons FC have launched an investigation into pictures said to show one of their players urinating into a beer glass at the Cheltenham Festival.
Samir Carruthers, who has been capped for Ireland at U17 and U21 level, is said to have been caught by a photographer as he relieved himself on a balcony while surrounded by race goers at the prestigious meet.
The series of images printed in The Sun appear to then show a glass of liquid being poured over the railing by another man as Carruthers, 22, wearing a grey flat cap and waistcoat, grins.
A spokesman for the Championship side said that while Carruthers was involved, neither he nor any other MK Dons player threw it over the balcony.
MK Dons said in a statement: "The club is aware of pictures circulating in the national media of one of its players at the Cheltenham Festival. The club has commenced an internal investigation into the matter."
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Bristol City defender Luke Ayling also appeared among racegoers photographed on the balcony.
In a statement, BCFC said: "We are aware of the disappointing images from the Cheltenham Festival that have been printed in various national newspapers this morning.
"We will be speaking to the players concerned and will take appropriate action where necessary."
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The Championship side stated: "The club has commenced an internal investigation into the matter."
Carruthers in action for MK Dons
The festival continues today with the Queen Mother Champions Chase taking place at 3.30.