A Watford FC player has been suspended by the club after footage emerged of him participating in a mass brawl.
Footage emerged of Watford centre-forward Reece Miller, 18, getting heavily involved in a bust up at Royal Ascot on Friday, June 21, in which one man was knocked out and chairs, tables and drinks went flying.
Miller then posed with The Sun’s coverage of the incident for a photograph.
Watford consequently suspended the player, who signed for the club in 2017, leaving his future at the club in doubt.
A club spokesman said: “We are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness. The club will not tolerate any behaviour which tarnishes its image and a full disciplinary investigation is now in process.
“As soon as the footage was brought to the club’s attention, an immediate decision was taken to suspend the player.
“He will now face an inquiry with all disciplinary options available to the club. There will be no further comment until the investigation is completed.”
A fight broke out at Royal Ascot after two men bumped into each other before throwing punches. One eyewitness said "you don't expect to see that at Ascot". pic.twitter.com/mQgK8jVILE
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In the footage, which was filmed in Ascot’s Windsor Enclosure – the economy section of the Berkshire racecourse – Miller is seen wearing a pinstripe suit and flatcap, trading blows with various fighters, including one who he seemingly helped knock to the floor.
The academy player has showed promise since his move to the Premier League side, the highlight of his career so far being his Under 23 Goal of the Season win last year.
It’s believed the fight broke out after a woman in one group was pushed over by a man. No arrests were made but police later made three arrests as two groups exchanged blows.
Two men – one 59 of Epsom, Surrey, the other 26 of Chelmsford, Essex – and a woman, 26, also from Chelmsford, were arrested for affray.
Police later confirmed all those arrested were released under investigation.