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Footballer Nile Ranger in court on assault charge

Ranger will appear in court today charged with common assault. Credit: PA

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.