West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand has been cleared of assault and affray following a court trial.
Ferdinand had been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to an incident outside a nightclub in Ilford on 2nd October last year
The 22-year-old admitted punching Emile Walker but told Snaresbrook Crown Court it was in self-defence, as he feared he was about to attack his friend Edward Dawkins.
The jury unanimously cleared Ferdinand of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, affray, and alternative common assault and public order offences.
Dawkins, who was also in the dock, was cleared of any wrongdoing.