Cardiff City striker Robbie Fowler will not now miss the FA Cup fourth round replay against Arsenal after being mistakenly arrested when cocaine, with a potential value of up to £120,000, was thought to have been discovered inside a consignment of footballs.
Fowler was fined £60,000 by his former club Liverpool in 1999 for bringing the game into disrepute, after he mimed snorting cocaine off the white line of the penalty area while celebrating his goal against Everton. Ever since, he is always rounded up by police whenever cocaine and football are linked.
One hundred packets of the drug were thought to have been sewn into the lining of five balls from Brazil by customs officers at East Midlands Airport.
A total of 650g wasn't recovered and officers said a basic street value of £40,000 could be trebled if it was mixed with other substances, which it wasn't.
Fowler's lawyer, Mr Tatty Mullet, said:
"Robbie is innocent, he is helping police with enquiries, that's all. Cardiff fans need not worry, he will be back to face Arsenal."
Police though have said that the accusations against Fowler should not be sniffed at.
Fowler's arrest comes less than twelve months after his last wrongful arrest on similar charges, just before Cardiff's FA Cup semi-final match with Barnsley. A news story written by TheSpoof.com writer Duncan Whitehead, which, of course, was wholly untrue, drew a lot of attention from French newspaper L'Equipe, as, I'm sure, this one probably will, you planks. *
* TheSpoof.com wishes to point out that the author of this news item does not actually know who Robbie Fowler plays for these days, and might even be in Australia. This is not important, as it is only a made-up story anyway, so forget it and go back to sleep.