Nile Ranger has in the last hour been released from Newcastle United by mutual consent.
A statement from the club tonight said: ‘Newcastle United can confirm that Nile Ranger has today left the club by mutual consent.’
The England Under-19 international has recently had running battles with Newcastle supporters via social networking site Twitter, but tonight used his account simply to say, ‘I’m happy’.
There is not a lot to say about the lad’s footballing career at Newcastle United. He has appeared an astonishing 51 times for the club and yet has only scored two goals, one being against Coventry, the other Crystal Palace.
His time in the North has been shadowed by continuous controversy:
- In August 2011, he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a man in Newcastle city centre leaving the victim unconscious in the street, but was found not guilty in court last October
- In October 2011 he was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Newcastle’s Cathedral Square.
- In May 2011 Ranger was questioned by Newcastle after posing with a replica gun in a photograph.In March 2012, he was fined by The FA for making homophobic comments on social networking website Twitter. Later in the month he was arrested once more, this time for breaching terms of his bail whilst awaiting trial on four assault charges
- On 25 January 2013, Ranger was arrested on suspicion of rape in a Newcastle hotel room.
There’s no doubt that he was hated by the majority of the fans during his time at the club and his Wikipedia page, presumably recently edited by a disgruntled Toon fan, is a testament to this:
Nile Ranger (born 11 April 1991) is a bigoted, homophobic, rapist, thug who claims to be a English footballer and is finally a free agent after Newcastle United got rid of him.
After a week in which two United’s youngsters have been loaned out to Championship clubs, the club have now taken action on the deadwood players at the club.
It’s good to see the club have finally taken action on a player who was clearly unworthy of wearing the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle.