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Nile Ranger sacked following disciplinary issues

SAD NEWS: Nile Ranger (Photo credit: Football League World)

NILE RANGER has been released from his contract with Southend United following "reoccurring disciplinary issues".

A statement by the League One club indicates that the former Newcastle striker's timekeeping had cause for concern and fell in breach of his contract’s terms and conditions.

According to Southend, the decision was made after a meeting with the 26-year-old player yesterday (3 January)

An official statement read: "Following a meeting yesterday with Nile Ranger, the club has today terminated the player's contract in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

"This decision was taken following reoccurring disciplinary issues, including timekeeping, which undermine both the unity of the group and the management.

"In many ways it is regrettable having worked closely with Nile over the past 18 months. (…) However, the interests of the club are paramount and the board will never allow those objectives to be undermined.”

CONCERN

Nile Ranger has been in trouble a number of times over the years.

In May, he was sentenced to eight months in prison for online banking fraud, but was released after 10 weeks for good behaviour. The forward had to wear an ankle tag, and adhere to a 7pm curfew, up until last Friday when the conviction was spent.

At the time of sentencing, Southend chairman Ron Martin said they would “consider Ranger’s future.”

Since his return to the club, Ranger scored twice in 21 appearances this season, but was dropped from a game in November for bad timekeeping.

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