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Paintsil arrested after allegedly stabbing wife

Created on Feb. 22, 2013 9:23 PM EST

Former West Ham United and Fulham defender John Paintsil has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his wife in Accra on Friday.

The 31-year-old Ghana international has been denied bail and is likely to spend the weekend in custody, Accra police have told reporters.

The police have also confirmed they are holding the former Fulham and West Ham player for assault and causing harm.

According to reports, Paintsil was confronted by his wife following rumours he slept with prostitutes during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa.

The allegation was first made by a football commentator Appiah Kofi in a radio interview.

Appiah alleged the veteran defender was responsible for bringing women to the Black Stars camp to have sexual intercourse with them and this contributed to the team's poor performance at the Afcon.

Paintsil, however, denied the allegation and threatened to take Appiah to court to clear his name.

The wife of the defender is reported to have questioned Paintsil on several occasions since the issue broke, but the former West Ham defender lost his temper on Friday and allegedly attacked his wife, reportedly stabbing her in the eye.

Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, police spokesman Freeman Tettey said: "This is a clear case of causing harm to a fellow human being.

"He will be taken to court. We can assure you that. We are holding him for causing harm. We need to do proper investigations. It's too early to get to the realm of court issues."

Paintsil also reportedly attacked a neighbour who attempted to rescue his wife, according to police.

The wife is said to be unconscious after sustaining serious injuries to her eye and was hospitalised to receive treatment.

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