Premier League footballer accused of raping three women ‘is set to start second season under police investigation.
The sportsman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested and detained in north London on July 4, 2022, on suspicion of rape.
In the days that followed, a second rape claim was made in regard to an incident in 2021, before a third lady came forward in February 2023.
The footballer was examined by police under caution about the alleged offence, which occurred in February 2022.
Last season, the Premier League star played despite multiple bail extensions, the most recent in July.
He reported for his bail terms earlier this week, but he has since been advised that he will no longer have a set date to report to police in the future.
As a result, the celebrity will begin a second season ‘under investigation,’ with the new season premiering next weekend.
There is no timetable for reaching a judgement in this case.
A statement from the Met Police on August 3 read: ‘On 4 July 2022, an allegation of rape of a woman in her 20s was reported to police.
‘It was reported the alleged rape happened in June 2022. On 4 July 2022, a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape and taken into custody.
‘While in custody, he was further arrested on suspicion of two incidents of rape that were alleged to have been committed in April and June of 2021 against a different woman in her 20s.
‘In February 2023, the man was interviewed under caution for a sexual offence alleged to have taken place in Barnet in February 2022. This relates to a third victim and was reported to police in July 2022. No further action will be taken in relation to the alleged offence in June 2021.
‘This has been explained to the complainant who continues to be supported by officers. The man was bailed until August 2023. He was subsequently released under investigation whilst further enquiries are carried out.’