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  • A Yahoo! User Jul 2, 2010 06:11 Flag

    Former England U21 Davenport Seriously Injured

    Absoutely disgraceful on all fronts. A shame that as a result of this incident, the lad's football career may be over. Only in England!

    Former West Ham defender Calum Davenport has been cleared of headbutting and trying to throttle his sister during a drunken row in which he allegedly called her a "form of cancer".

    Davenport was accused of launching the ferocious attack on his 28-year-old sister Cara after being told she was pregnant again.

    During his trial at Luton Crown Court, it was claimed that, on August 22 last year, a heated row broke out between the pair about how she was financially going to support her second child once it was born.

    The 27-year-old footballer was accused of calling his sister a "form of cancer" and a "whore" before allegedly grabbing her by the throat and bundling her to the ground.

    Prosecutor Beverly Cripps claimed he then head-butted his seven-weeks pregnant sister and bit her cheek.

    On Thursday, the former England under-21 international, who has also played for Tottenham and Sunderland, was found not guilty by a jury at Luton Crown Court of actual bodily harm.

    Shortly after the alleged incident Davenport was seriously injured after being stabbed in both legs, losing 50 per cent of the blood in his body as almost all of the arteries in his legs were severed. His sister's boyfriend Worrell Whitehurst pled guilty to the attack.

    The stabbing may have ended Davenport's football career; the former England U21 international was released from his West Ham contract by mutual consent in March.