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Ranger second to be denied US visa

July 13, 2011

Newcastle United have confirmed striker Nile Ranger's visa application for entry to the United States has been rejected.

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Ranger's absence from the tour, which includes three friendlies, was confirmed on Wednesday following an announcement earlier that Joey Barton's visa application had been rejected.

A statement said: ''Newcastle United FC can confirm that Nile Ranger's visa application for entry to the United States has today been rejected.

''The player will therefore not travel to the US as part of the club's pre-season tour, but instead will join Joey Barton and his fellow team-mates on the club's reserve team tour to Holland.''

The pair will instead travel with Peter Beardsley's reserve team squad and re-join their senior colleagues on their return to Tyneside.

Ranger served an 11-week sentence in a young offenders institution when he was 15 following his part in an armed street robbery. In May 2011, he was photographed on Facebook holding a replica gun and was reminded of the "importance of being a positive role model" by the club.

The 20-year-old signed a three-and-half year contract at St James' Park in April 2009, having joined the club from Southampton in 2008. He has made a total of 49 league appearances for the Magpies, scoring twice.