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19.12.2007 Sports News

Claims Of Rape At Man Utd Party Hotel

By Daily Guide
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Police are investigating claims that a woman was raped at a hotel where Manchester United players were having their Christmas party.

The alleged assault occurred at the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester in the early hours of this morning.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating a report of a rape at a hotel in Manchester city centre.

"At 4.15am on Tuesday, police were called to the hotel on Great John Street to a report that a 26-year-old woman had been raped.
"Inquiries are continuing."

A hotel spokeswoman said: "We did have an event on Monday night. We're helping the police with an investigation. We're currently closed but hoping to open this evening."

Sky's north of England correspondent Tom Parmenter said: "The entire first-team squad, apart from Cristiano Ronaldo, had been out around town celebrating their annual Christmas party.

"It started yesterday lunchtime at a nearby casino where they were entertained by burlesque dancers.

"They then moved on to the Old Grapes pub which is owned by Liz Dawn, the Coronation Street actor."

A number of players then ended up at the Great John Street Hotel.
The hotel is a boutique "town house" hotel converted from a Victorian schoolhouse in the upmarket Castlefield area of Manchester. Skynews

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