Striker Nile Ranger leaves Newcastle

Newcastle says striker Nile Ranger has left the club with

immediate effect.

The Premier League club said Friday in a one-sentence statement

that Ranger had ”left the club by mutual consent.” No reason was

given, but the 21-year-old Englishman has previously been involved

in legal troubles.

In October, he was convicted of two counts of assault against

two police officers, but was told he would not serve any jail time

as long as he stayed out of trouble for the next 12 months.

Ranger last played for Newcastle on Jan. 5 in the FA Cup against

Brighton.