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Ben Cousins Assaulted In Jail: Report

Fallen AFL star Ben Cousins has reportedly been set upon by other inmates at a Western Australian jail for refusing to take part in a football match.

The 38-year-old former West Coast Eagles captain was allegedly assaulted by a group of men inside the jail in Perth after he said he would not join in the game, the Nine Network's Footy Show said on Thursday night.

But a lawyer for Cousins - who is serving a one-year prison sentence after repeatedly breaching a violence restraining order - said he was not assaulted for refusing to play, Seven News reported on Friday.

96FM’s sports guy and Channel Seven reporter Mark Readings weighed in on the claim, which was alleged to have happened “a couple of weeks ago”.

“I spoke to [former West Coast Eagle] Andrew Embley only last week and said ‘how’s Cuz going?’ - because he visits him... and to be honest, he said ‘look, he’s actually going OK’.”

Readings said Embley wasn’t aware of any incident, only that Cousins was “getting on well with the prisoners and… making the best of a bad situation.”

- with AAP

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