Sauce of the Nile!

HE PAYS £5K FINE TO AVOID COM­MU­NITY WORK

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TROU­BLED striker Nile Ranger has agreed to pay a £5,000 fine in­stead of do­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice as he is too busy find­ing a new club.

The for­mer New­cas­tle United ace, 22, was or­dered to com­plete 120 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and nine months su­per­vi­sion by New­cas­tle Mag­is­trates af­ter ad­mit­ting com­mon as­sault in April.

Ranger – who was re­leased by New­cas­tle in March – said he keeps miss­ing pro­ba­tion meet­ings as he is tour­ing the coun­try meet­ing football chiefs and agents. Now JPs have agreed to change it to a £5,000 fine.

He fol­lows in the foot­steps of fel­low striker Car­los Tevez, who paid a £3,000 fine in­stead of do­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice for a driv­ing con­vic­tion be­cause he was mov­ing from Manch­ester City to Ju­ven­tus.

Ranger was hauled back into the dock last week af­ter miss­ing two ap­point­ments.

The striker’s de­fence said he would pay a fine, but is liv­ing off just £30 a day from New­cas­tle un­der the terms of his re­lease.

He was on £7,000 a week at the club, but much of it was paid into an ac­count Ranger is not al­lowed to ac­cess un­til he is 25 as he had a gam­bling ad­dic­tion.

Ranger, of Bounds Green, north Lon­don, ad­mit­ted fail­ing to com­ply with the com­mu­nity or­der.

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