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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley was involved in an incident with a taxi driver as he was escorted to a cashpoint by two police officers to withdraw money to pay the taxi driver after a late night row with the driver.
According to an exclusive report by the Mirror, the Chelsea midfielder became embroiled in a hot argument with the taxi driver after chips were spilled in the back of his cab.
Barkley reportedly refused to pay the driver, and the police had to be called to intervene in the situation. Policemen then escorted Barkley to a cash point to get cash.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reacted to the incident and revealed that Barkley apologised and that no action will be taken against him.
“He has travelled with us. In terms of permission, it’s not a problem to spend a day off in Liverpool. In the modern world the few hours to go up there and back is the least of my worries, especially when your family is there. It’s important for people to see them.
“To address the issue, he hasn’t [broken] a club code being out. The lads were given a day off on Sunday. He hasn’t committed a crime, other than eating chips in the back of a cab which is a bit out of order for the cabbie.
“But on a serious note, what he has done from my point of view has been naïve to be out on that evening, in the build-up to a Champions League game. He has admitted that as well, and very aware of that. On a professional level those are little things that shouldn’t happen.
“I like Ross and I have had no problem with him since he’s been here, in fact the opposite. He wants to do well for this club. This morning he admitted he made a mistake. I will take that one at face value, and we move on.”