Haringey police investigating Arsenal star Mesut Ozil assault claim spotted in player's hospitality box

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Three police officers have been photographed enjoying the hospitality of an Arsenal player.

The detectives, from Haringey Police, were pictured in the Emirates Stadium with Mesut Ozil less than 24 hours after the player was subject to an investigation by the force.

Mr Ozil, who played for Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday, was accused of driving into a freelance photographer in February, clipping him with his wing mirror.

Two of the police officers pictured in the box, Detective Sergeant Simon Jones and Detective Constable Dean Sliney - both believed to be Arsenal fans -  had taken statements from Mr Ozil immediately after the incident.

They were joined by a third officer, Detective Constable Helen Nicolson.

Freelance photographer Lee Essex called the police claiming that Mr Ozil drove at him as he was on the pavement trying to take photographs.

The detectives took a statement from Mr Essex at the scene, but on March 28, the photographer received a letter from the Met saying no further action would be taken.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: "In February, officers in Haringey received a complaint from a member of MPS staff concerning the attendance of a detective sergeant and two detective constables at a football match on Saturday, February 22.

"The matter was reported to the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) who are investigating the allegations.

"The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) were informed and are supervising the investigation.

"The officers are due to be interviewed under caution by detectives from the DPS.

"The investigation is ongoing."

Regarding the alleged assault of Mr Essex, it added: "Following a review of the evidence by the Met Prosecutions, Traffic Evidential Review and Case Management Services, which found no independent evidence, a decision to take no further action was made on 28 March.

"Both parties were advised."

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