Newcastle’s Nile Ranger hit with court order

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NEWCASTLE United striker Nile Ranger was slapped with a court order by magistrates after admitting a charge of being drunk and disorderly.

It is the second time this week that the 20-year-old Magpies player has appeared in court.

Ranger yesterday escaped a fine and was handed a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs, after Newcastle Magistrates’ Court heard he was held for questioning by police for four hours when arrested in the city’s Cathedral Square in the early hours of October 30 last year.

At the same court on Tuesday, he had admitted breaching bail conditions imposed while he awaits trial for four assault charges, to take place at Newcastle Crown Court in June.

He was fined £6,000 by the Football Association (FA) earlier this month over a homophobic comment made on the social networking site Twitter.

In November, he was fined £3,300 after admitting drink driving.

The London-born footballer, who lives in North Tyneside, has played 49 times for Newcastle United and scored two goals.