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Police say Paintsil complaints withdrawn

Ghana defender John Paintsil's wife and a neighbour have withdrawn complaints made against him in relation to a domestic incident, police have said.

Hapoel Tel Aviv player Paintsil, who spent spells at West Ham, Fulham and Leicester, had been accused of harming his wife Richlove and assaulting a neighbour in Accra last week.

Deputy Superintendent Freeman Tetteh, announcing that the claims had been withdrawn, would not comment on allegations that the footballer had stabbed his wife in the eye.

He said police had earlier taken statements from both Richlove Paintsil and the unnamed neighbour, who had been the one to contact police.

And he told reporters "no one can deny'' that there had been an incident at the house, but would not give details of what police believed had happened.

Paintsil was taken to hospital on Tuesday, suffering from "exhaustion and dehydration" but was discharged later that day, Ebenezer Aidoo, a spokesman for the player, said.

Aidoo said recent days had "taken a severe emotional toll on the entire Paintsil family, Richlove and John especially" and added that the family had asked for privacy.

Paintsil played for Ghana at the African Cup of Nations in South Africa, helping his country to reach the semi-finals.

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