News has broken that 21-year-old Newcastle United FC striker Nile Ranger has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

The footballer is in custody at Northumbria Police station after a woman made an allegation against the London-born striker claiming that she was attacked at a hotel in Newcastle between Wednesday and Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the police made the following statement:

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 Newscastle United representative has declined to comment on the incident.