Nile Ranger Denies Assault Charges
1 March 2012, 05:31
Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has denied assaulting two people and two police officers during a night out in Newcastle.
The 20-year-old faces counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Stephen Simpson and David Armstrong, and counts of assault by beating against two police officers while he was out in the city on August 27th.
The north London-born footballer, who lives in Forest Hall, North Tyneside, appeared before Newcastle Crown Court to deny the charges.
He will go on trial, in a case lasting up to three days, in the week commencing June 26th.
Judge Guy Whitburn agreed to continue Ranger's conditional bail which bars him from entering central Newcastle - the so-called parking meter zone - except when he is picked to play a home game for Newcastle United.
Ranger has played on loan with Barnsley this season but is back on Tyneside after suffering an injury while with the South Yorkshire club.