Blackpool striker Beryly Lubala REMOVED after being accused of raping a teenager when she went to his house to watch Netflix

BLACKPOOL forward Beryly Lubala has been DELETED after being accused of raping a teenager when she went to his house to watch Netflix.

Striker LubalaThe 24-year-old said he was “delighted” to be free of the offence, and very eager to get back to playing football.

Beryly Lubala has been REMOVED


Beryly Lubala has been REMOVEDCredit: Getty
Striker Lubala, 24, said he was "delight" considered not guilty


Striker Lubala, 24, said he was “delighted” to be found not guiltyCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL NO BYLINE

Lubala was accused of grabbing an 18-year-old girl by the hair and asking her not to make a fuss and “be a good girl” before raping her, but he always denied.

The player insists he never wanted to sleep with a woman because he had a game the next day, Lewes Crown Court has heard.

The striker thanked his legal team after the jury took less than two hours to find him not guilty.

Speaking after the verdict, the player said: “I am very pleased with the verdict and I want to thank Jesus Christ, my Lord and savior.

“Thank you to my family and friends for being with me through a very difficult time in my life.

“I also want to thank the jury, and Her Honor judge Shani Barnes for their time.

“Finally, I would like to thank Julia Smart QC and my attorney Iqbal Ahmed for their hard work and support.

“Now that a jury has found me innocent of all charges, I want to put this behind the scenes and focus on my family, future and career as a player.”

His family and friends gasped in the public gallery as the jury chairman confirmed their not guilty verdict.

When the news came home, some in his family could hear quiet sobs.

Her Honorary Judge Shani Barnes said: “Thank you all for staying calm, I know it’s been difficult for you guys.”

The judge told the jury: “This has come under a whole new level of pressure.

“People’s lives have come to a standstill.

“You are free to return to your life and Mr Lubala is free to return to your life.”

The woman, now 20, told police she made it clear she did not want to have sex with the player in multiple text messages before visiting his home in September 2019.

The couple met after the girl “liked a few consecutive photos” on Lubala’s Instagram and started chatting on Snapchat before meeting.

The woman testified in court that she had sex with the Championship footballer on two separate occasions before the night she claimed she was assaulted.

The jury heard Lubala contacted her again after the woman has ended another relationship.

He allegedly texted the woman saying he just wanted to watch Netflix and relax, and she eventually agreed to visit him for a third time.

That night, the woman drove up to him in Horsham, near Crawley, West Sussex on September 13, 2019 – while Lubala was playing for Crawley Town.

The court then heard a series of emotional voice messages recorded by the woman as she drove home.

She said in the recording: “I said no and he continued. He was like a different person.

“There’s no such thing as listening to what I do and don’t want. It’s like a stranger.”

Last week, Lubala sobbed in the dock as he told a jury about how he worked in an Amazon warehouse for money after being suspended by Blackpool FC.

He described how he was expecting his first child when he was told he had been charged – and feared he would lose his income.

At the time of the alleged rape, Lubala was attracting the attention of Championship and Premier League scouts after joining Crawley Town from Birmingham City.

The striker then joined Blackpool a year later in 2020 on a three-year contract. Blackpool striker Beryly Lubala REMOVED after being accused of raping a teenager when she went to his house to watch Netflix

Bobby Allyn

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