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Ranger denies rape

Nile Ranger is no stranger to the police. Credit: PA

Former Premier League footballer Nile Ranger, who is accused of raping a woman in a hotel, told a jury he has "never" had sex with a woman against her will.

The 22-year-old former Newcastle striker admitted he had "quite a few" one-night stands after he broke into the first team.

Now with Swindon, and nursing a hamstring injury which meant he sat down to give evidence at Newcastle Crown Court, Ranger denied raping the woman he had been messaging over three to four months last January, insisting they had consensual sex twice.

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Ranger arrested again

Nile Ranger is no stranger to the police. Credit: PA

Former Premier League footballer Nile Ranger has been arrested on suspicion of breaching his bail conditions in relation to an upcoming rape trial.

Ex-Newcastle striker Ranger, 22, was arrested in the early hours of this morning.

He was reportedly held outside Newcastle's Tup Tup Palace Nightclub at 2.30am.

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Swindon fan bailed over goalkeeper attack

A Swindon fan arrested after running on to the pitch and allegedly punching Leyton Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones has been released on bail.

Orient boss Russell Slade said that, although 24-year-old Jones was unhurt, he was angered by the incident, which Slade described as the worst he had seen since becoming a manager.

Orient's chief executive Matt Porter wrote on Twitter:

Swindon confirm fan who ran on pitch and attacked Jamie was arrested and will be banned for life. We will also press for strongest penalty.

– Leyton Orient chief executive Matt Porter

Man faces lifetime ban for punching keeper

Ugly scenes at Swindon on Saturday, as the offender is held back. Credit: PA

A Swindon fan is facing a lifetime ban after invading the pitch and punching Leyton Orient's goalkeeper.

Orient stopper Jamie Jones was struck by the 26 year-old man three times during his team's 3-1 win at Swindon on Saturday, but escaped unhurt.

An FA spokesman said: "We deplore scenes of this kind and would call for the authorities to take the appropriate actions if allegations of assault are proven.

The FA will speak to officials from both clubs before taking action.

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Cooper in at Swindon

Mark Cooper had been in temporary charge at the County Ground. Credit: PA

Swindon have unveiled Mark Cooper as their new permanent first-team manager on a two-year deal after a successful spell as caretaker.

The 44-year-old former Peterborough boss has been in charge of first-team affairs since Kevin MacDonald departed the club on July 12.

Cooper, previously assistant to MacDonald, has overseen two wins and two defeats from his four matches in charge of the Robins.

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