An England rugby union player has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl.
The international player, who cannot be named for legal reasons, continues to investigated by police responding to a report of an alleged attack at a nightclub the previous day.
Sale Sharks, who suspended the player, have now reportedly let the 31-year-old know they won’t be extending his contract beyond the summer.
In a short statement, the Premiership side said at the time: ‘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.’
The teenager is currently being supported by specialist officers.
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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.