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Premier League footballer threatened to throw acid at ex-girlfriend, have her killed and blow up house, court hears

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison threatened to throw acid in the face of his ex-girlfriend and have her killed, a court heard today.

The 21-year-old is also accused of threatening to blow up her house in a course of harassment against his ex-girlfriend Reah Mansoor lasting four years.

Ravel Morrison arriving at Manchester Magistrates Court Credit: PA

The former Manchester United player was initially arrested and charged with two counts of common assault after allegedly punching and slapping Reah Mansoor and her mother Parveen Mansoor in the early hours of July 27 in Salford.

Ravel Morrison arriving at Manchester Magistrates Court Credit: PA

Morrison was in Manchester Magistrates' Court to hear the harassment allegation was also added to the charges.

The charge alleges he threatened to throw acid in her face, blow up her house and have her killed and other threats of violence. Morrison's legal indicated he would be pleading not guilty to the charges.

Morrison, originally from Manchester, was initially remanded in custody last week before being bailed.

West Ham United's Ravel Morrison Credit: PA

Despite being touted as a bright prospect at Old Trafford, Morrison appeared only in the League Cup before former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sold him to West Ham for £#650,000 in January 2012.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce took him to Upton Park but he was later shipped out on loan to Birmingham and QPR.

Morrison picked up the first of his four England Under-21 caps in a 4-0 win over San Marino in October and was subject to a bid from Fulham in January - although the offer was rejected.