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Footballer Stack cleared of rape
Graham Stack
Graham Stack said the woman consented to sex
An Arsenal goalkeeper has been cleared of raping a law student he met at a West End nightclub.

Graham Stack, 24, currently on loan to Reading, was accused of attacking the 22-year-old at his flat in Beckenham, south-east London, in September 2004.

A jury at Croydon Crown Court on Friday cleared the player of one count of rape and another of sexual assault.

His friend, Allan Smillie, 24, of Feltham, west London, was cleared of two counts of sexual assault.

The woman, from north London, went back to Mr Stack's flat after meeting the player and his friend at Trap nightclub in Wardour Street.

Consented to sex

She claimed he had forced himself on her after she lay down in one of the bedrooms because she had been sick.

But Mr Stack, who was on loan to Millwall at the time, maintained she had consented to sex with him.

The footballer did not comment on the verdict as he left the court with his fiancée Natalie Rybinska.

But his legal representative said: "He's delighted that his innocence, which he has maintained from the very moment the allegation came out, has been established and that justice has been done."

A statement from Reading said Mr Stack would now be returning to the club after being cleared of the charges.

It went on: "The goalkeeper is currently on loan at Madejski Stadium from Arsenal, and will complete a permanent move to Reading in January under terms already agreed between the clubs."

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