Photographer Paddy Cummins claims he was assaulted by the England footballer while on a night out with teammates celebrating their 3-1 win over Chelsea.

The Sun reports allegations from Cummins, who works for the paper, that Carroll gouged his eye because he didn’t want to be photographed with his knee brace on.

Cummins, 33, made a statement to police at hospital, but no arrests were been made.

Paddy is quoted to say: “He was like a wild animal. I felt this terrible pain in my eye as he gouged me.

“I was screaming, ‘My eyes!’ but he kept it up. The pain was incredible.”

A West Ham spokesman gave a statement denying any wrongdoing on the player’s part:

“Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip with full permission of the management team. Andy agreed to have a number of pictures taken at the request of a photographer who was waiting on the street. Despite this, the photographer then carried on taking photos in the close proximity of Andy and was politely asked to stop by the private security team working on the trip.

“When he then continued taking more photos he was restrained by the security team for Andy’s safety. Eyewitnesses state at no point was there any physical contact between Andy and the photographer.”

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