Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
The 21-year-old Premier League footballer was held by Northumbria Police following an allegation made by a woman that she was attacked at a hotel in Jesmond, Newcastle between Wednesday and Thursday.
London-born Ranger, who lives in Forest Hall, North Tyneside, is thought to still be being questioned.
"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."
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