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Ranger parts company with club

Footballer Nile Ranger has left Swindon Town FC by "mutual agreement", the club has announced.

The 23-year-old striker is currently on bail awaiting trial having been charged with criminal damage following an alleged incident in Swindon, Wiltshire last month.

A spokesman for the League One club said: "Following on from yesterday's disciplinary meeting with Nile Ranger and his PFA representative, Swindon Town Football Club can confirm that both the Club and Nile Ranger have mutually agreed to a termination of Nile's contract with immediate effect."

Ranger appeared before Swindon Magistrates' Court on Tuesday accused of a single charge of criminal damage at his luxury apartment block in Gordon Gardens on April 13.

He was released on conditional bail and told he would face trial in July before JPs.

On Sunday a national newspaper reported it had been handed CCTV footage allegedly showing Ranger assaulting a woman and damaging a block of flats.

The Sunday Mirror reported it had been handed CCTV footage taken by a camera at the entrance to the flats.

It allegedly shows Ranger - who previously played for Newcastle United - unable to access the communal front door of the apartment block, and trying repeatedly to barge and kick the door in.

Police said damage "in the region of £2,000" was caused to a lift door, wall and glass panel at the property.

An unnamed woman, who has since spoken to police officers, is allegedly shown being slapped and punched three times.

But Wiltshire Police confirmed that no further action would be taken in respect of the common assault allegation.


From Belfast Telegraph