Ex-Sunderland player charged with rape

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Cabral now plays for FC Zurich

Former Sunderland player Cabral is to go on trial accused of two counts of rape.

The midfielder, real name Adilson Tavares Varela, was arrested on 25 January 2015 after the alleged incident and was subsequently charged with two counts of rape.

The 27-year-old will stand trial at Newcastle Crown Court on 25 April.

Cabral, who currently plays for FC Zurich, only made one Premier League appearance for Sunderland in 2013-14.

Sunderland AFC announced on 2 February 2015 that the player had left the club by mutual consent.

The former Swiss Under-21 international previously played for Lausanne, Sevilla and FC Basel.

Sunderland AFC declined to comment.

Former Sunderland winger Adam Johnson, 28, who played for England 12 times, will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on 24 March after he was convicted of sexual activity with a girl of 15.

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