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Van Persie no longer rape suspect

Published: 11:23AM Wednesday March 01, 2006 Source: Reuters

Arsenal's Robin van Persie is no longer a suspect in a rape case, a spokeswoman for Rotterdam's public prosecutor said on Wednesday. 

The case has been dismissed for lack of evidence, she said. 

The Dutch winger was arrested on suspicion of rape in June. 

Prosecutors said, after a thorough investigation, that no sexual contact with coercion happened. 

The suspected rape incident took place in a hotel in Rotterdam. There were also two unnamed men with van Persie. 

At first, van Persie denied having sexual contact with the woman, named only as Sandra K, but later said that sexual contact had taken place. 

Van Persie's lawyer Bram Moszkowicz, said: "That is great, I am very glad for him... I request that the prosecutor's office will conclude the matter." 

The 25-year-old woman involved can appeal against the decision not to proceed with the case.