'Drunk' Cahill kicked out of nightclub - report

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 13, 2009 at 11:11 PM EST

Australian international midfielder Tim Cahill was kicked out of a Sydney nightclub after a drunken fracas with bouncers, reports said here.

Sunday newspapers said the Everton player, who was celebrating winning the inaugural Australian football players' union player of the year award early Friday, was told to leave the nightspot because of his drunken state.

Several witnesses told The Sunday Telegraph Cahill, 29, got into an altercation at the King's Cross nightclub when he was advised to leave because he was "so drunk he couldn't even stand up."

But Football Federation Australia said it investigated the allegations and found them untrue and cleared the star Socceroo.

"FFA has made inquiries of Tim, the other players and their partners who were present and venue management," an FFA statement said Sunday.

"FFA is satisfied that the allegation is untrue. FFA understands that Tim left the premises when asked to do so when it was closing, along with all other patrons."

According to newspaper accounts, Cahill became angry when he was refused service by bar staff and became involved in an argument which escalated into a physical "push and shove" with club security before he was shown the door.

"He then got outside where it was about 10 of them, including other players and about five security," one witness told the Sunday Telegraph.

"They were fired up and looked like they wanted to go on with it, but then they jumped in a car and got out of there."

Another witness told the newspaper that Cahill became aggressive when a member of the bar staff refused to serve him any more alcohol.

Police confirmed to the newspaper that they attended an incident at the club and investigators were reviewing CCTV footage, but said there was no official investigation.

Cahill is preparing to play for Australia in their final World Cup qualifier against Japan in Melbourne on Wednesday.




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