Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been cleared of rape following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
Nile Ranger was released by Newcastle in March and is yet to be signed by a new club.
He played a part in the Magpies winning the Championship in 2009-10 but struggled to win a permanent place in the first team once the club was established back in the Premier League.
Former Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger is to appear in court next month after being charged with rape, police said.
The London-born 22-year-old was charged following an investigation by Northumbria Police.
In a statement the force said: "A rape was reported to police on Thursday January 24, 2013, and relates to an incident which happened in the early hours of Wednesday January 23 at a hotel in Jesmond.
"Nile Ranger, 22, of Bailey Close, Harringay, London, has been charged with rape. He is due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on August 21."
Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger was today charged with rape, Northumbria Police said.
Ex-Premier League footballer Nile Ranger has admitted a charge of common assault following an incident in Newcastle city centre
The 21-year-old, who left Newcastle United by mutual consent a fortnight ago, was arrested after police received reports of a fight between a couple on Wednesday evening.
Ex-Premier League footballer Nile Ranger will appear in court today to face a charge of common assault.
The 21-year-old, who left Newcastle United by mutual consent a fortnight ago, was arrested after police received reports of a fight between a couple in the city centre on Wednesday evening.
The London-born former England under-19 player was held after an alleged assault in the car park of The Gate entertainment complex.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said they received a report of a fight just after 7pm on Wednesday in the car park of The Gate, Newcastle, adding that a 21-year-old had been arrested.
A force spokesman said later that Ranger will appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court today.
Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been arrested on suspicion of rape, sources have said.
A police spokeswoman said: "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."
A Newcastle United spokeswoman declined to comment.
A Premier League footballer has been arrested and charged with criminal damage.
Newcastle United striker, Nile Ranger, 21, was arrested after police were called to a house in Enfield, north London, in the early hours yesterday after a report of disturbance.
Scotland Yard said officers arrived at the house to find the front door of the property badly damaged.
A force spokesman said Ranger, who has recently been on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, would appear at Enfield Magistrates' Court today.