Top players on serious charges

Arsenal footballer Robin van Persie was arrested and held in the Netherlands on Monday on suspicion of rape, Dutch prosecutors said this week.

Van Persie (21) was held in Rotterdam following an incident at the weekend, according to a prosecution spokesperson, Jei Chen de Graaf.

“The investigation is in full motion right now,” she said. “He is suspected of rape and our system is different to England. He is in police custody pending investigation.
The alleged rape took place last weekend and he was arrested on Monday.”

Under Dutch law, prosecutors will have to present a case to a judge this week if they wish to continue to detain him.

Meanwhile, it emerged this week that Steve Finnan, a member of Liverpool’s Champions League winning side, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Finnan was detained after his black Range Rover was involved in a collision in Tuebrook, Liver-pool, in January, in which pensioner Harry Nelson from Liverpool died.

Nelson (81) suffered serious head injuries and died five weeks later in hospital. Finnan was arrested in April. He has been bailed to re-appear at a Merseyside police station on June 29.

An inquest into Nelson’s death was opened and adjourned until July 4. — Â

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