Cole in drink-drive probe
It has emerged that West Ham striker Carlton Cole was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving on Tuesday.
Last Updated: 25/09/08 8:02pm
It has emerged that West Ham striker Carlton Cole was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old was stopped in central London and given a roadside breath test before being taken to a local police station.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "At about 4.25am on September 23, police pulled over an Audi Q7 on Victoria Embankment, SW1.
"A 24-year-old driver was spoken to and subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol. He was taken to a central London police station and bailed to return on a date in mid-November."
New Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola is unimpressed by his player's actions and will now punish the forward accordingly.
"I spoke to him and he is very sorry at being out at such a time," said the Italian coach.
"He wasn't drunk, which was a very good thing. He has just been out late in the night.
"He will be fined, he knows that. We are going to deal with it but the player understood 100 per cent that he made a mistake. He is ready to take the fine the club is going to give him."
Despite Cole's late night antics, Zola is refusing to slap a curfew on his squad and hopes their better judgement will see them right.
"We are professional sports players and we have to look after ourselves and look after our bodies," he said.
"During the week our training sessions are very demanding so they can't afford to go out and stay late. For me that is a very important matter. I am not going to close an eye on things like that. The players know that already.
"I used to go early to bed and wake up very early but that was my rhythm. Everybody has got their own rhythm.
"I am not saying everybody has to go to bed at 11pm but it has to be reasonable. This time was too late.
"The players have to realise that if they want a clear mind and a fresh body in training they have to have at least eight hours sleep."