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Two Charlton Athletic footballers appear in court over alleged sex attack

Two British footballers arrested over an alleged sex attack on a British teenager in Ibiza have appeared in court today.

Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Reeco Hackett Fairchild were seen in handcuffs accompanied by police officers ahead of an appearance before an investigating magistrate on the Spanish holiday island.

The two 20-year-old Charlton Athletic FC players were arrested after the parents of a British teenager, 19, lodged a formal complaint to police.

In total, three men, including a 26-year-old Briton, have been held over the alleged attack at a hotel in Cala de Bou near San Antonio. The unnamed third suspect was brought to court later on.

Detectives have been told one man forced himself on the holidaymaker while another held her down and a third filmed what was happening on a mobile phone.

Two British footballers arrested over an alleged sex attack on a teenager in Ibiza have appeared in court today. One of the Charlton Athletic players, Karlan Ahearne-Grant is pictured in handcuffs outside court today

Another player, 20-year-old Reeco Hackett Fairchild is pictured accompanied by police outside the court in Ibiza today

Another player, 20-year-old Reeco Hackett Fairchild is pictured accompanied by police outside the court in Ibiza today

An unnamed third suspect in the case was brought to court later on (pictured)

An unnamed third suspect in the case was brought to court later on (pictured)

The hearing was held in private as is normal in the early stages of a Spanish judicial probe. The magistrate could either dismiss the case, remand the men in custody or release them on bail.

In the only Spanish police statement so far on the matter, a Spanish National Police spokesman said yesterday: ‘National Police officers arrested two English men on Tuesday in San Jose in Ibiza as the suspected authors of a sex attack.

‘The parents of the 19-year-old victim, who is also British, reported the incident to police.’

The spokesman said the teenager and a female friend of hers were on holiday in Ibiza and went to San Antonio on Monday afternoon where they met men from a UK football team in a bar.

‘Both women agreed to go back with some of the men to the hotel they were staying at, in the municipality of San Jose,’ the spokesman said.

Charlton forward Ahearne-Grant (pictured) has made 69 appearances for the League One club, scoring seven goals

Charlton forward Ahearne-Grant (pictured) has made 69 appearances for the League One club, scoring seven goals

Karlan Ahearne-Grant (pictured) and Reeco Hackett Fairchild have appeared before an investigating magistrate on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza

Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Reeco Hackett Fairchild (pictured) were seen in handcuffs accompanied by police officers ahead of an appearance before an investigating magistrate on the Spanish holiday island

Karlan Ahearne-Grant (left, in action for Charlton in September) and Reeco Hackett Fairchild (right, in Ibiza earlier this week) have appeared before an investigating magistrate on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza

In total, three men, including a 26-year-old Briton, have been arrested over the alleged attack at a hotel in Cala de Bou near San Antonio (file picture)

In total, three men, including a 26-year-old Briton, have been arrested over the alleged attack at a hotel in Cala de Bou near San Antonio (file picture)

‘Once they were in a room, one of the youngsters was allegedly sexually attacked by one of the players, while a second took hold of her and a third recorded her on a mobile phone.

‘After the incident, the visibly affected victim and her friend left the hotel to go back to the woman’s parents.

‘The victim’s parents quickly suspected something was wrong and after discovering what had happened, went to speak to the National Police.

‘National Police officers went to the hotel where those allegedly responsible for the sex attack were staying, and subsequently arrested two men.’ 

The first two arrests are understood to have happened around 6.40am on Tuesday. 

Charlton forward Ahearne-Grant has made 69 appearances for the League One club, scoring seven goals.

Fellow striker Hackett Fairchild has made 12 appearances for the club scoring twice.

A Charlton Athletic spokesperson told MailOnline today: ‘The club have been made aware and are looking into this matter. Due to the ongoing investigation we will not be commenting any further at this stage.’ 

Cala de Bou, which is in the municipality of San Jose, is a popular location for tourists looking to stay somewhere quieter than San Antonio but within easy reach of the brash party resort.

It is just seven miles from the airport and home to a number of hotels and short-stay holiday apartments. 

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