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The Metropolitan Police will take no action over one of the three rape allegations being investigated in connection with a Premier League footballer.

The player, who is not being named for legal reasons, was arrested on 4 July on suspicion of a rape against a woman that was alleged to have happened in June this year. He was taken into custody and further arrested on suspicion of two incidents of rape, which were alleged to have taken place in April 2021 and June 2021 against a different woman. He was subsequently bailed until a date in August, but that has been extended until early October.

The force confirmed that no further action would be taken regarding the alleged offence in June 2021, but that investigations into the other allegations continue.

This month the Guardian reported that the player’s club was made aware of a rape allegation against him last autumn. That allegation was reported to the Metropolitan Police last August. In March the force opened an investigation into that and another alleged rape by the player of the same woman that she had reported in February.

The player continued to play in his club’s first team last season and has not been suspended by the club since his arrest.