Southend United Chairman Ron Martin makes statement regarding Nile Ranger
"The club needs time to consider its position and also the impact of this startling, unexpected, outcome in court this afternoon on Nile Ranger both as a person, as well as a player for Southend United.
"As I have said previous, this offence occurred long before Nile joined the club and everyone deserves a second chance, which the club has afforded Nile.
"Nile Ranger is unlikely to ever be a model professional, however during his time at Southend his behaviour has been acceptable and improved.
"We have worked hard at rehabilitation and Nile has responded well to his team mates both on and off the pitch.
"At the time of writing, the club is awaiting details of the court hearing and will review the details before coming to any decision surrounding Nile's future."