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The unnamed Premier League player who was apprehended over rape allegations had one of three rape allegations dropped on Thursday after getting his bail extended until early October. The football star said to be a 29-year-old striker remains under the cloak of anonymity due to legal reasons.

According to The Guardian, the player’s club has confirmed that he will be able to continue his professional commitment as he remains to be in the list for the club’s first team duty until any further notice has been released regarding his situation. With one of the player’s rape allegations dropped, the Metropolitan Police said they will not be taking any action against him in relation to the alleged offense that took place in June 2021. However, the other two rape allegations are still under investigation.

The player, who was arrested on July 4, continues to deny all the allegations and remains open for selection. No charges have been slapped on the player and will remain so, pending the outcome of all inquiries. Although the player is slated to play next month, the club said he would be suspended immediately if there are any changes in the investigations.

“We take our commitments and responsibilities seriously and have followed our safeguarding policies and procedures. We will keep this matter under close consideration and will review further if circumstances change,” the club explained.

The player who was previously arrested on suspicion of rape that took place in June was once again arrested while in custody on two more incidents after two women accused him of rape that happened in April 2021 and June 2021.

The club, which also remains unnamed, stands in contrast to how Manchester United handled the case of England forward Mason Greenwood who was suspended after his arrest earlier this year for assault, suspicion of rape and making threats to kill.

Greenwood, 20, was arrested in January following videos and images of himself went viral. On top of this, Nike has also terminated its sponsorship of Greenwood along with his removal from the active squads of its FIFA 22 video game.

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Michail Antonio of West Ham United runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Ben Godfrey of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 17, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

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