Sale Sharks have issued the following statement regarding recent media reports in the national press.
In a statement, they said: “Sale Sharks have been made aware of an allegation against one of its players and the subsequent arrest of that player by Greater Manchester Police on Sunday 9th January 2022.
The player in question has been suspended by Sale Sharks until further notice and is currently cooperating with police officers to assist in their investigation.
“As this matter is subject to a legal process there will be no further comment at this time.”
In an exclusive article, Sportsmail have reported that sex worker ‘Sandra Ntonya was detained at her home in Manchester on Sunday along with the rugby player, 29, who cannot be named for legal reasons after police were called to reports of a sexual assault taking place at the proper.’
Ms Ntonya told MailOnline: ‘He wanted me to get involved. At night I was very sleepy and just let them into the spare room. I didn’t want to be involved.’
She said: ‘I know him as he is a client of mine. He rang me and said: ‘I have got a girl’.
‘He is very arrogant and thinks he can behave how he likes.’
A police spokesperson earlier said: “Officers were called shortly before 11am on Sunday 9 January 2022 to a report of a sexual assault on a female.
“A woman in her late teens was reported to have been sexually assaulted. She is currently being supported by specialist officers.
“A man was arrested on suspicion of rape and a 41-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of administering a substance with intent to cause a sexual offence.
“Both have since been released on bail as enquiries continue and a number of lines of enquiry are being followed up by detectives.”
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5 of the biggest scandals in rugby history
1. KAMP STAALDRAAD
It was a military-style “boot camp” organized as a “team building” exercise for the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks (or Boks), during their preparation for the 2003 Rugby World Cup (RWC). Details of the camp emerged in the South African media, resulting in protest from the upper administrative levels of South African rugby.
- The team was ordered to climb into a foxhole naked and sing the national anthem while ice-cold water were being poured over their heads. During their time in the hole, recordings of God Save the Queen (used as England‘s national anthem) and the New Zealand All Blacks haka were played at full volume.
- It was confirmed that firearms were present at the camp, although reports varied as to whether they were ever pointed at anyone.
- The players were forced to crawl naked across gravel.
- They also were ordered to spend a night in the bush, during which they were to kill and cook chickens, but not eat them.