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Jeff Hendrick

Jeff Hendrick

An Irish international football star has been arrested by gardai investigating an alleged assault.

Jeff Hendrick (22), who plays in midfield for English Championship side Derby County, was arrested and questioned by gardai about an alleged assault against a 33-year-old man in the early hours of October 12, 2013.

Mr Hendrick met officers at Pearse Street Garda Station in Dublin on Thursday by appointment and spent a number of hours being questioned before he was released without charge.

It has emerged that Mr Hendrick is one of four men who have been arrested and questioned about the alleged assault. No one has been charged.

The alleged incident is understood to have happened after a disagreement in a nightclub spilled on to the street.

It is being treated as an assault causing harm.

Mr Hendrick's arrest follows a long-running investigation, and gardai will now be presenting all statements to the DPP.

The victim of the alleged assault, who is from north Dublin, first made a statement to officers about an incident in late October 2013 and other suspects in the case were arrested and interviewed last year.

All suspects and witnesses in the case have now been interviewed and CCTV from the locality has been obtained and studied.

It is understood that the alleged incident is the subject of separate civil proceedings in the High Court.

Mr Hendrick is originally from the Kilmore area of the capital's northside and has represented the Irish senior national team on nine occasions.

Despite being arrested and questioned last week, he went on to play a starring role in Derby's 2-0 victory over Chesterfield in their FA Cup fourth round tie on Saturday.

kfoy@herald.ie

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