Southend United striker Nile Ranger has been charged with fraud and money laundering.
Ranger, 25, appeared alongside two other defendants this morning at Highbury Magistrates Court with his legal representatives, to plead not guilt to the charge.
The offense is said to have taken place nearly two years ago, in early 2015. Aseany Duncan, one of the two defendants Ranger appeared with, was charged with possessing the bank details of 500 people on his phone.
Despite the charges, Southend United have said that Nile Ranger will be up for selection this coming weekend against Oldham Athletic.
A statement released on the team website reads:
“Nile Ranger has been accused of fraud and money laundering.
The Offence is purported to have taken place nearly two years ago, in early 2015. Nile, who initially joined Southend United on trial in July of this year, appeared at Highbury Magistrates Court this morning, with his legal representatives, to plead not guilty to the charge.
We understand the sum of money involved is £2,090.
Whilst we will monitor the position; at present the Club can see no reason why this matter should effect Nile Ranger’s playing performance and will therefore be available for selection this coming weekend for the match against Oldham Athletic.
As further information becomes available the Club will comment as appropriate and in the meantime the Club will continue to fully support Nile Ranger as it does all of its players.”
Nile only recently signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the club, located at Roots Hall in Southend. The case will next be heard at Wood Green Crown Court in the New Year.