Charlton Athletic players 'to appear in court in connection with rape of British teenager'

Two footballers from League One club Charlton Athletic are to appear in court in Ibiza in connection with the rape of a British teenage girl on the holiday island.

The duo, who have not been named but are both understood to be 20-years-old, are due to appear in court on the Balearic holiday island.

It is alleged the rape was conducted by one of the players while the other filmed it on a mobile phone.

The British teenager was allegedly attacked in the early hours of yesterday (TUES) morning, reported the local paper Periodico de Ibiza.

Spanish police are hunting for a third player and teammate accused of abducting the British woman before she was raped in Cala de Bou hotel.

Local reporter Paco Perez said Spanish criminal forensic investigations had confirmed she had been sexually attacked and that she was known to her attackers.

The two footballers were held in custody at a local police station ahead of an expected closed court hearing in front of an investigating magistrate tomorrow.

Mr Perez said the duo play for cCharlton, and added: “One has been charged with rape and the other with filming the attack on a mobile phone.”

He said a judge has requested the arrest of the players by the the Family and Women Unit of the National Police of Ibiza.

A Spanish National Police spokesman confirmed two British 20-year-olds had been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old Brit.

The spokeswoman said they were currently at a police station in Ibiza and would appear in court this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

She said: “I can confirm two British men aged 20 have been arrested on suspicion of the sexual assault of a 19-year-old British woman. They are still in police custody.”

The spokeswoman would not say if they were footballers, adding: “It is not something that we would confirm.”

Cala de Bou is a popular location for tourists near party town San Antonio just seven miles from the airport.

Periodico de Ibiza reported a group of players had invited the alleged victim and a girlfriend back to their hotel after meeting them during a night out in San Antonio.

Charlton Athletic narrowly missed out on promotion after losing to Shrewsbury in the League One play-offs .

The club’s caretaker boss Lee Bowyer won six of his 12 games in charge following Karl Robinson’s departure to Oxford United.

Former England international Bowyer, 41, who also played for Leeds, West Ham and Birmingham City, was convicted of affray and fined £4,500 in 1996 following an incident in a McDonald’s restaurant in London in which CCTV footage showed him throwing chairs and racially abusing a staff member.


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