Robins cut ties with controversial striker

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NILE Ranger was not worth the risk to keep on the books at Swindon Town, according to a supporters’ group.

On Friday night the club officially broke the news they had terminated Ranger’s contract by mutual consent with immediate effect.

The club had held a disciplinary meeting with the player on Thursday night, but would not be drawn on the outcome for 24 hours.

A brief statement on the club’s website read: “Following on from yesterday’s disciplinary meeting with Nile Ranger and his PFA representative, Swindon Town Football Club can confirm that both the club and Nile Ranger have mutually agreed to a termination of Nile’s contract with immediate effect.”

The decision draws a line under a catalogue of footballing and off-the-pitch episodes involving Ranger, including him missing training sessions.

Roger Bunce, chairman of the Swindon Town Supporters Club, said the club had been patient enough with the controversial striker.

He said: “I think this was inevitable. The football club have given him chance after chance, and it was impossible for them to keep making excuses for him.

“I think he was very lucky the club kept him on for so long, and you can understand them feeling let down by his actions.”

Ranger will be a loss to the club, Roger said, but his volatility could not be defended.

“We are going to lose his playing ability for sure, but he has all these allegations around him,” he said.

“Having released him from his contract now the club have been seen to be acting on something.

“We took a chance on him so someone else might do the same. He had the ability to score 15 or more goals this season if he had been playing regularly, but it was important to take a moral stance and cut ties now.

“If he had stayed in Swindon then people will ask why the club allowed him to. We can’t take that chance because it is not worth it.”

Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon, said behaviour such as Ranger’s could not be tolerated.

“Swindon have taken the right decision in putting the club, the fans and the community first, and rightly so,” he said.

“Our footballers are role models first and foremost, and judging by recent events this was the right decision to make.”

The 23-year-old was cleared of rape charges at Newcastle Crown Court in March but will face several more court appearances this year.

Later the same month he was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to a taxi in Liverpool, before appearing at court in Cwmbran on a drink-driving charge, although he has denied both.

The latest incident, where he was accused of criminal damage at his flat in Gordon Gardens, seems to have been the final straw for the club. The player formally pleaded not guilty at Swindon Magistrates’ Court last week.

Ranger himself will leave with no hard feelings. In a tweet posted after the announcement was made, he thanked the club publicly.

He wrote: “NOT 1 bad THING TO SAY ABOUT SWINDON FOOTBALL CLUB..

BENT OVER BACKWARDS FOR ME... GOOD CLUB!!! THANKS!”

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9:29am Mon 5 May 14

stratton man says...

The right decision by the Club.Have to agree with Justin Tomlinson on this one this toxic creature deserved to be fired.
The right decision by the Club.Have to agree with Justin Tomlinson on this one this toxic creature deserved to be fired. stratton man
  • Score: 9

1:37pm Mon 5 May 14

MrAngry says...

Whilst I agree that STFC are right to get rid of Nile Ranger, I am surprised at Justin Tomlinson getting involved.

Nile Ranger was cleared of rape and whilst he has been arrested on suspicion of other crimes he has pleaded 'not guilty' and is yet to be tried. The Tories were quick to defend the mayor as innocent until proven guilty.

Justin claims that 'our footballers are role models first and foremost'. Can we assume from this that he doesn't consider the mayor or councillors to be role models.

This decision demonstrates that STFC has higher standards of morale conduct than the conservative party.
Whilst I agree that STFC are right to get rid of Nile Ranger, I am surprised at Justin Tomlinson getting involved. Nile Ranger was cleared of rape and whilst he has been arrested on suspicion of other crimes he has pleaded 'not guilty' and is yet to be tried. The Tories were quick to defend the mayor as innocent until proven guilty. Justin claims that 'our footballers are role models first and foremost'. Can we assume from this that he doesn't consider the mayor or councillors to be role models. This decision demonstrates that STFC has higher standards of morale conduct than the conservative party. MrAngry
  • Score: 4

4:59pm Mon 5 May 14

Wellfire says...

MrAngry wrote:
Whilst I agree that STFC are right to get rid of Nile Ranger, I am surprised at Justin Tomlinson getting involved.

Nile Ranger was cleared of rape and whilst he has been arrested on suspicion of other crimes he has pleaded 'not guilty' and is yet to be tried. The Tories were quick to defend the mayor as innocent until proven guilty.

Justin claims that 'our footballers are role models first and foremost'. Can we assume from this that he doesn't consider the mayor or councillors to be role models.

This decision demonstrates that STFC has higher standards of morale conduct than the conservative party.
Politicians see which way the wind is blowing and tailor their comments accordingly. I wouldn't get too vexed about Mr Tomlinson's. He's a politician acting like a politician, that's all.
As one of thousands who tried and failed to make it in professional football I'm sad to see a career being thrown away like this. Ranger the footballer now has a problem. Ranger the man has an even bigger one.
[quote][p][bold]MrAngry[/bold] wrote: Whilst I agree that STFC are right to get rid of Nile Ranger, I am surprised at Justin Tomlinson getting involved. Nile Ranger was cleared of rape and whilst he has been arrested on suspicion of other crimes he has pleaded 'not guilty' and is yet to be tried. The Tories were quick to defend the mayor as innocent until proven guilty. Justin claims that 'our footballers are role models first and foremost'. Can we assume from this that he doesn't consider the mayor or councillors to be role models. This decision demonstrates that STFC has higher standards of morale conduct than the conservative party.[/p][/quote]Politicians see which way the wind is blowing and tailor their comments accordingly. I wouldn't get too vexed about Mr Tomlinson's. He's a politician acting like a politician, that's all. As one of thousands who tried and failed to make it in professional football I'm sad to see a career being thrown away like this. Ranger the footballer now has a problem. Ranger the man has an even bigger one. Wellfire
  • Score: 7

6:28pm Mon 5 May 14

back_to_reality says...

Not sure I'd call this loser a man.
Not sure I'd call this loser a man. back_to_reality
  • Score: 5

11:02pm Mon 5 May 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

I liked him.
His name sound like a character from Star Wars 👽 🚀
I liked him. His name sound like a character from Star Wars 👽 🚀 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -3

1:20pm Tue 6 May 14

house on the hill says...

Wellfire wrote:
MrAngry wrote:
Whilst I agree that STFC are right to get rid of Nile Ranger, I am surprised at Justin Tomlinson getting involved.

Nile Ranger was cleared of rape and whilst he has been arrested on suspicion of other crimes he has pleaded 'not guilty' and is yet to be tried. The Tories were quick to defend the mayor as innocent until proven guilty.

Justin claims that 'our footballers are role models first and foremost'. Can we assume from this that he doesn't consider the mayor or councillors to be role models.

This decision demonstrates that STFC has higher standards of morale conduct than the conservative party.
Politicians see which way the wind is blowing and tailor their comments accordingly. I wouldn't get too vexed about Mr Tomlinson's. He's a politician acting like a politician, that's all.
As one of thousands who tried and failed to make it in professional football I'm sad to see a career being thrown away like this. Ranger the footballer now has a problem. Ranger the man has an even bigger one.
He isnt the first and he wont be the last. There are dozens of players in the premier league who will never realise their potential because they are just up their own a55es and think they are far better than they actually are and are more concerned with what the wealth and fame brings that actually training and improving.

I am sure some team will take him as winning matches fr some seems to be more important than the behaviour of the players, but well done Swindon for rising above that.
[quote][p][bold]Wellfire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrAngry[/bold] wrote: Whilst I agree that STFC are right to get rid of Nile Ranger, I am surprised at Justin Tomlinson getting involved. Nile Ranger was cleared of rape and whilst he has been arrested on suspicion of other crimes he has pleaded 'not guilty' and is yet to be tried. The Tories were quick to defend the mayor as innocent until proven guilty. Justin claims that 'our footballers are role models first and foremost'. Can we assume from this that he doesn't consider the mayor or councillors to be role models. This decision demonstrates that STFC has higher standards of morale conduct than the conservative party.[/p][/quote]Politicians see which way the wind is blowing and tailor their comments accordingly. I wouldn't get too vexed about Mr Tomlinson's. He's a politician acting like a politician, that's all. As one of thousands who tried and failed to make it in professional football I'm sad to see a career being thrown away like this. Ranger the footballer now has a problem. Ranger the man has an even bigger one.[/p][/quote]He isnt the first and he wont be the last. There are dozens of players in the premier league who will never realise their potential because they are just up their own a55es and think they are far better than they actually are and are more concerned with what the wealth and fame brings that actually training and improving. I am sure some team will take him as winning matches fr some seems to be more important than the behaviour of the players, but well done Swindon for rising above that. house on the hill
  • Score: 2

2:09pm Tue 6 May 14

EmmBee says...

What a waste of skin
What a waste of skin EmmBee
  • Score: 2

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