The Premier League club whose player has been the subject of three rape allegations has confirmed that he will continue to be selected for first-team duty until further notice.
A police investigation into one of those allegations was dropped on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police confirming they would not be taking action regarding an alleged offence in June 2021.
But two further allegations are still being investigated and the player, who was arrested on July 4, is on bail until early October, extended from an initial date in August.
The club explained that their player denies the allegations and remains available for selection, a stance that was reiterated on Friday.
“As stated previously, we have confirmed that the player denies the allegations,” a statement read as quoted by The Guardian.
“The police have issued a statement saying they are not taking any further action on one of the allegations and the player has had his bail extended pending the outcome of their inquiries.
“There have been no charges laid and the player can fulfil his professional commitments.
“We take our commitments and responsibilities seriously and have followed our safeguarding policies and procedures. We will keep this matter under close consideration and will review further if circumstances change.”
The player, who is understood to have appeared in pre-season friendlies, is in line to feature in the opening weekend of the Premier League season, which kicks off in the first weekend of August.
However, the Guardian adds that he would immediately be suspended by the club if any charges were brought.
The player was originally arrested on suspicion of a rape against a women that was alleged to have happened in June.
He was taken into custody and further arrested on suspicion of two incidents of rape that were alleged to have taken place in April and June 2021 against a different woman. The second of those two allegations has been dropped.
The Guardian says the player’s club was made aware of a rape allegation against him in Autumn 2021. The allegation was reported to Metropolitan Police in August 2021.
In March, the force opened an investigation into that and another alleged rape by the player of the same woman that she had reported in February. The player continued to play in his club’s first team last season.
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