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Ivan Klasnic Arrested On Teenage Girl Rape Charge: Bolton Wanderers Striker Released On Bail

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A Premier League footballer has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl in Manchester.

Bolton Wanderers striker Ivan Klasnic is accused of attacking the 17-year-old in a city centre apartment.

She contacted Greater Manchester Police at 0500 BST on Monday. The 30-year-old, who also plays for Croatia, was arrested later.

He was released on bail until 1 November pending further inquiries, a police spokesman said.

The player, who has won 38 caps for Croatia and scored 12 international goals, signed a two-year deal with Bolton Wanderers in August.

He was on loan from Nantes last season but the French side did not renew his contract over the summer.

Bolton Wanderers has not so far commented on the allegation. (BBC Sport)

It seems there has been an alarming rise in recent months of footballers being accused of a myriad of crimes. Is this simply a sign that the media is hungrier for such stories or is there a serious issue with top tier footballers?

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