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Joy for Bolton hero Klasnic as trauma ends

It has been an interesting week in the life of Ivan Klasnic. The Croatian has scored two goals to win two FA Cup ties, and discovered that he will no longer face police charges after a rape claim was dropped.

Having secured Bolton's place in this tie with a second-half winner at Wigan on Wednesday, his first goal since October, Klasnic struck in the 19th minute to take Bolton into the last eight.

Klasnic was arrested in October after a 17-year-old alleged she had been raped, but the striker found out last week that he would face no charges.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle admitted that the allegations had weighed heavy on the Croatian.

He said: "We were delighted to be told there was no case to answer, which we always knew. But in Germany and Croatia, a lot of people looked up to Ivan and it was horrible for them to read that.

"He has tried to deal with it with a smile on his face but there is no doubting from a family perspective, he felt that they were hurt more than anything. Hopefully we can see the best of Ivan in the run in."(© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent