Soccer star’s charge dropped

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A SHEFFIELD Wednesday footballer accused of imprisoning a woman against her will has had the case against him thrown out.

Reda Johnson, aged 22, made his first appearance at magistrates court in Manchester the day after he signed for Sheffield Wednesday FC.

But on Wednesday, at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court, the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence against him.

A CPS spokeswoman said: “In the light of recent information that the CPS has received, a further review of the evidence in this case has been undertaken and as a result, we have now concluded that there is no longer a realistic prospect of a conviction if the case was put before a jury.”

Central defender Johnson, a former Plymouth Argyle player who signed for the Owls for an undisclosed fee, was charged on December 19 following a probe by detectives from Greater Manchester Police.

The alleged offence was at the house of an unnamed Blackburn Rovers player in Hale, Greater Manchester, in November.

A Sheffield Wednesday spokesman said Johnson was expected to address the media about the allegations later.

Johnson, who was born in Marseille to an Algerian mother and American-Beninese father, started his career in his native France in 2005.

He played for Gueugnon and Amiens before his move to Plymouth.

He now plays international football for African side Benin.