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Northampton's James Collins (left) was photographed with Luke Ayling and Samir Carruthers at Cheltenham (pictures courtesy of the Daily Mail)

Three footballers are being probed over their alleged behaviour at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.

MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers is said to have been caught by a photographer urinating into a glass on a balcony in a private VIP section of the racecourse while surrounded by racegoers.

Northampton striker James Collins then appeared to throw liquid from a glass over the balcony.

Carruthers was photographed alongside Collins - on loan from Shrewsbury - and Bristol City defender Luke Ayling.

All three clubs are investigating their players' conduct, while Cheltenham has cancelled the booking of a group of footballers on Wednesday concerning the alleged incident.

Image: The conduct of Collins (holding glass), Ayling (facing) and Carruthers (wearing hat) is being investigated (picture courtesy of the Daily Mail)

The track's official account tweeted: "In regards to images of inappropriate behaviour from yesterday [Tuesday], we have cancelled their booking for today."

Sophia Dale, the Festival's head of communications, added on Sky Sports News HQ: "It was just this small group of people who made this incident happen and they are not welcome today."

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MK Dons have launched an investigation and said that while Carruthers was involved, neither he nor any other MK Dons player threw liquid from the glass over the balcony.

Image: Carruthers was photographed at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday (picture courtesy of the Daily Mail)

A statement from MK Dons read: "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."

Carruthers - a former Arsenal and Aston Villa youngster - signed for Championship side MK Dons in 2014 and has made 100 appearances for the club.

Concerning Collins, Northampton released a statement saying they were looking into claims of a "drunken incident". 

It read: "As a club we take any such claims extremely seriously, and we expect the highest standards of behaviour at all times. We are unable to comment further until this investigation has been completed."

Collins' parent club Shrewsbury Town are also investigating the alleged incident.

While there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing from Ayling, Bristol City said in a statement: "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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