Bundesliga footballer arrested with another man on suspicion of rape

Atakan Karazor plays for VfB Stuttgart
Atakan Karazor plays for VfB Stuttgart / Thomas Niedermueller/GettyImages

VfB Stuttgart midfielder Atakan Karazor has been arrested with another man in Ibiza after an 18-year-old girl said she had been raped.

The 25-year-old was questioned by police before appearing at a closed court hearing on Friday, but is yet to be charged with any crime as per Spanish law - formal charges are laid down shortly before any trial.

He has denied the allegations levelled against him.

A statement from Stuttgart confirming his arrest read: "VfB midfielder Atakan Karazor has been arrested while on holiday in Ibiza. He denies any criminal act.

"VfB is in constant contact with its lawyers.

"Since this is an ongoing process, we ask for your understanding that VfB cannot comment further for the time being."

The 25-year-old joined Stuttgart from second-tier side Holstein Kiel in 2019 and has since made 63 appearances for the club. He revealed last month in a post on social media that he had signed a new contract with the club, committing him to the former Bundesliga champions until 2026.