Player cleared of threatening to have his ex killed.
Byline: Chris Osuh Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
CARDIFF City star Ravel Morrison has been cleared of threatening to have his ex-girlfriend "murdered for PS10,000".
The 21-year-old, currently on loan to Cardiff from from West Ham, is still facing charges of assaulting Rhea Mansoor and her mother Parveen Mansoor in July.
Morrison had been accused of harassing Miss Mansoor over a four-anda-half year period, by threatening to throw "acid in her face and to pay PS10,000 to have her murdered" in a "course of conduct" stretching between January 1, 2010, and July 20 this year.
But, at Manchester Crown Court, prosecutor Guy Mathieson revealed the charge of putting Miss Mansoor in fear of violence by harassment was not being pursued, and a verdict of "not guilty" was formally recorded on direction of Judge David Stockdale QC.
The midfielder, who was dressed in a black shirt and trousers, is still due to go on trial on January 26, facing charges of actual bodily harm and assault by beating Miss Mansoor and assault by beating her mother.
He was arrested on July 27 following reports that Miss Mansoor, 19, had been assaulted outside a nightclub in Manchester city centre and at an address in Salford, Manchester.
Her 39-year-old mother also claimed she had been attacked.
Morrison has played six times for the Bluebirds so far and has been capped at England under-21 level. He moved from Manchester United to West Ham in 2012 but is on loan at Cardiff until January.
Judge Stockdale bailed Mr Morrison to an address in Cardiff on condition he does not contact directly or indirectly the two alleged victims.
He must not enter Greater Manchester except for court appearances or an official football match and must return immediately after each match.
| Footballer Ravel Morrison, who is on loan to Cardiff City, |has been cleared of threatening to have his ex-girlfriend murdered but still faces charges of assaulting her and her mother