West Ham's Ravel Morrison to stand trial in 2015 over allegedly threatening to throw acid over his girlfriend
West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison will go on trial next year over allegations that he threatened to throw acid in the face of his ex-girlfriend and have her killed.
The 21-year-old former Manchester United player is also accused of threatening to blow up Reah Mansoor's house in a course of harassment against her lasting four years.
He is also accused of assaulting the 19-year-old and her mother, Parveen Mansoor, 39, in Salford in the early hours of July 27.
In a brief appearance at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday, Morrison entered not-guilty pleas to two counts of assault of beating, one of assault causing actual bodily harm and one count of harassment.
He will next appear for a case management hearing on November 10, with a provisional trial date set for January 26.
Morrison, originally from Manchester, was initially remanded in custody last week before being bailed.
His bail conditions are that he lives at an address in east London, does not contact directly or indirectly the two women complainants, does not enter the Greater Manchester area except for a court appearance or for a West Ham game in the area and to return to London immediately after the match.
Despite being touted as a bright prospect at Old Trafford, Morrison appeared only in the League Cup before former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sold him to West Ham for £650,000 in January 2012.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce took him to Upton Park but he was later shipped out on loan to Birmingham and QPR.
Morrison picked up the first of his four England Under-21 caps in a 4-0 win over San Marino in October.