Premier League Star Arrested on Suspicion of Rape

Newcastle's Nile Ranger is being held in custody over rape charges.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Newcastle United's Nile Ranger was arrested at his home last night, after being charged with rape.

The former England Under-19 player is alleged to have attacked a woman at a hotel in Jesmond on January 24th, with the 21-year-old now being held in custody at Wallsend police station.

Ranger is being questioned today, with a police spokeswoman confirming the arrest, saying: "On Thursday January 24 a woman reported to police that she had been raped overnight at a hotel in Jesmond.

"A 21-year-old man has been arrested at an address in Forest Hall on suspicion of rape."

Ranger's career at Newcastle has been shaky at best, with him being loaned to both Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley since joining the club in 2008. He has also had his share of conflicts with fans, after criticising them for booing after Newcastle's loss to Reading at the weekend. Ranger retaliated by reportedly posting a photo online of his name spelt out in £20 notes.

Following the photo, he tweeted: "Certain fans need to not come and support this team… Coming out to BOOO us.. Stay at home.. Don't need ur BOO's…. SAY NO MORE !!!"

Angering the fans even more, he then tweeted: "Last thing from me… To all the fans. U are not forced to buy season tickets.. Or pay our wages.. Please remember that", before concluding the following day that "God gives the hardest battles to the strongest soldiers !!"

If there is a god, Nile, I'm sure he wouldn't concern himself with your conflicts on social networking sites and your loan to a Championship football club.

Newcastle United declined to comment on the arrest.

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