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Last Updated: Friday, 11 February, 2005, 13:23 GMT
Football star cleared of rape bid
Junior Agogo
Mr Agogo had denied the charge
Professional footballer Junior Agogo has been found not guilty of attempting to rape a 16-year-old waitress in a hotel bathroom in May 2004.

A jury sitting at Sheffield Crown Court took two hours to clear the Bristol Rovers striker of assaulting the girl.

Mr Agogo and his team had been staying at a hotel in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, before a match.

Mr Agogo, 25, of St David's Mews, Bristol, said after the hearing he wanted to get back to playing football.

The jury of six men and six women had heard the accuser claim that Mr Agogo pulled her into his hotel room and removed her underwear before trying to rape her.

I just wanted to get out and see my mum
Junior Agogo, after not guilty verdict
The footballer had refuted the claim, saying the girl had voluntarily gone to his room and they had moved to the bathroom where they chatted before "kissing and cuddling".

He said the girl had then left the room, promising to come back later if she could, but never did.

Outside the court, Mr Agogo said: "I'm just happy that it's all over.

"I just want to get back to playing football."

'Extremely relieved'

He said that as the verdict was read out, "I just wanted to get out and see my mum".

His solicitor, Ian Kelsey, said: "He's extremely relieved and emotional at this time.

"He wants to say thank you to the jury for having laid to lie the nightmare of the last eight months."

Mr Agogo said he was now hoping to get picked for League Two side Bristol Rovers' match away at Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Asked if he would be celebrating on Friday night, he said: "No, I want to get three points tomorrow."


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