Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger ‘regrets’ posing with replica gun

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NEWCASTLE United footballer Nile Ranger “regrets” striking a gangster pose and being photographed with a replica gun, his club has said.

Ranger, an England under-19 international, will be reminded of the “importance of being a positive role model”, Newcastle said in a statement after the photo was published in a national newspaper.

The picture, which shows the striker holding the silver handgun in front of his face, was taken at his home by his girlfriend.

A Newcastle United spokeswoman said: “The club have spoken to Nile and can confirm that the item shown in the photograph is a replica firearm which it is not an offence to own.

“Nile regrets posing for the photograph, which was taken by his girlfriend at home.”

Ranger served an 11-week sentence in a young offenders’ institution when he was 15 after he took part in a street robbery.