Man United stars shocked over rape charge against teammate Evans    2007-12-19 04:53:01    

London, Dec.19 : Manchester United stars are said to be "in shock" after a teammate was arrested on suspicion of rape.
Manchester United stars are said to be "in shock" after a teammate was arrested on suspicion of rape.

Defender Jonny Evans, 19, was being held in custody in the city.

He presented himself to police after jetting back into Manchester Airport following a day-trip to Monaco, thought to be pre-arranged and with a relative.

A police spokesman said last night: "Detectives investigating a report of rape at a Manchester city centre hotel have arrested a 19-year-old. He was arrested on suspicion of rape this evening after presenting himself to police. He remains in custody."

Police began an investigation after a 26-year-old woman claimed she had been attacked at the Red Devils' Christmas party.

She was yesterday taken to a hospital's sexual assault referral centre, where medics examined her, reports The Sun.

She gave a brief statement to cops before being allowed home and will be more thoroughly interviewed today.

Some United aces headed to the Christmas do at Manchester's Great John Street Hotel after a marathon drinking session.

They started Monday lunchtime at the city centre's 235 casino, where they had a flutter and lunch.

From there, they moved to The Grapes pub for a sing song and some paid a brief visit to a lap dancing bar.

The Premier League soccer giants hired the swanky venue, where rooms cost between 235 pounds and 395 pounds, exclusively for the party.

Nearly 100 girls were there, some of whom had travelled hundreds of miles to attend.

One male guest said: "I spoke to one stunner who had come up from London and another who had travelled from Newcastle.

"They were gorgeous - it was wall-to-wall babes. Most were aged between 18 and 30 and some were throwing themselves at the players.

"The booze was really flowing. Waitresses were handing out pink champagne to whoever wanted it. And the players seemed to be knocking back beer, vodka and whisky." The guest described the do as a "great party".

He said star striker Wayne Rooney and defender Rio Ferdinand spent most of it on the dance floor.

But he added: "Ryan Giggs stole the show when he did an Elvis Presley impression."

Police were called to the hotel at 4.15 a.m. on Tuesday.
It is the second year the Christmas bash has been held there.

Last year, the team ran up a 43, 000 pound bar bill and guests damaged the hotel.

Old Trafford bosses were furious after an expensive painting was ripped off a wall and ornaments were destroyed.

Evans, whose full first name is Jonathan, made his first team debut for United in a Carling Cup defeat against Coventry in September.

He has been a regular for Northern Ireland for a year and turned out in their 1-0 away defeat to Latvia in August in the European Championship qualifiers.

He played 18 league games for Sunderland last season while out on loan from United.

He got nine GCSEs, all of which were grade A* or A grades at school in Manchester. (ANI)
© 2007 ANI

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