Two British footballers arrested over an alleged sex attack on a 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 have been arrested over an alleged attack at an unnamed hotel in Cala de Bou near San Antonio.
Two British footballers arrested over an alleged sex attack on a teenager in Ibiza have appeared in court today (file picture)
The hearing was due to be held in private as is normal in the early stages of a Spanish judicial probe.
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 ‘several lads’ from a football team in the UK in a bar.
‘Both women agreed to go back with the some of the men to the hotel they were staying at, in the municipality of San Jose,’ the spokesman said.
‘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 police investigations are ongoing and further arrests in the coming hours have not been ruled out.’ The first two arrests are understood to have happened around 6.40am on Tuesday.
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.