Sauce of the Nile!
HE PAYS £5K FINE TO AVOID COMMUNITY WORK
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.