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Top Footballer 'Threatened To Kill Girlfriend'
A Premier League footballer threatened to blow up the house of his ex-girlfriend during a four-year campaign of harassment, a court heard.
England under-21 player Ravel Morrison was also accused of threatening to throw acid in the face of 19-year-old Reah Mansoor and to have her killed.
The former Manchester United midfielder appeared at Manchester Crown Court at a preliminary hearing at which the charges were laid out.
The 21-year-old, who has played for Queens Park Rangers and now plays for West Ham, was initially arrested and charged with two counts of common assault.
His arrest came after he allegedly punched and slapped Miss Mansoor and her mother Parveen Mansoor, 39 in the early hours of July 27 in Salford.
As well as the assault charges, he was also charged with causing his ex-girlfriend to fear violence would be used against her during the period January 1, 2010, to July 20 this year.
The charge alleges he threatened to throw acid in her face, blow up her house and have her killed and that he made other threats of violence.
Morrison spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.
David Fish QC, representing Morrison, said his client would be pleading not guilty to the charges.
Morrison was bailed by District Judge Khalid Qureshi to appear at Manchester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on August 28.
The footballer, originally from Manchester, was initially remanded in custody after he was arrested last week, before being bailed.
The conditions of his bail were that he must live in Canary Wharf, London, must not contact the two women complainants directly or indirectly and must not go to the street where they live.
He was told he must also not enter the Greater Manchester area except for a court appearance, to see his lawyers or to visit for a West Ham game in the area and, if he does so, he must return to London immediately after the match.