Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger charged after night out
Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been charged with being drunk and disorderly following a night out with friends in the city.
Northumbria Police officers arrested the 20-year-old in the early hours of Sunday in Newcastle's Cathedral Square.
A spokesman said he was due before Newcastle magistrates on 17 November.
Police said the player, who joined the club in 2008, was questioned for more than four hours before he was charged and released on bail.
The spokesman said: "At 1.40am on Sunday, October 30, police arrested a 20-year-old man for being drunk and disorderly in the Cathedral Square area of Newcastle city centre.
"Nile Ranger, 20, has been charged and will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on 17 November."
The player has only just been reinstated to Newcastle's first-team training after a three-month exile in the club's reserves.
Sunday's arrest could land him in trouble with the club if it is proved he broke a curfew on consuming alcohol 48 hours before Monday's trip to Stoke.
He was told to find a new club in the summer after several warnings about his discipline.
Newcastle United has so far declined to comment.