Premier League footballer Ravel Morrison has been charged with assaulting two women.
The 21-year-old, a former Manchester United starlet now playing for West Ham, is accused of attacking a young woman outside a bar in Manchester city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.
He is also accused of assaulting the same woman and another 39-year-old woman hours later.
Morrison, from Urmston, Manchester, was arrested yesterday and has been charged with two counts of common assault.
He is due at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court later today.
A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: “At about 3.20am on Sunday, July 27 2014, police were called to an address on Alexandra Road, Peel Green, Salford, following reports a 19-year-old woman and a 39-year-old woman had been assaulted.
“Officers attended and established the young woman had also been assaulted outside a bar in Manchester city centre earlier that evening and a 21-year-old man was subsequently arrested at a later date.
“Ravel Morrison, of Urmston, is charged with two common assaults.
“He is due before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on July 31, 2014.”
Morrison was widely tipped to become a Manchester United regular as one of the club’s best home-grown prospects in their youth teams.
But the midfielder was sold by former boss Alex Ferguson to West Ham for £650,000 in January 2012.
He has since been loaned out by West Ham to Birmingham and, more recently, QPR.