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Johnny Manziel case: NFL quarterback 'faces assault charge'

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Troubled NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is expected to be charged over an alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend.

A lawyer for the former Cleveland Browns quarterback told the Associated Press news agency that prosecutors had told him a charge was coming.

A Texas grand jury has agreed a misdemeanour assault charge for family violence, the lawyer said.

Colleen Crowley says he confronted her at a Dallas hotel and hit her as they drove back to Fort Worth.

The Class A misdemeanour carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Lawyer Robert Hinton told AP the charge was expected on Tuesday and he expected a judge to set bail.

Despite success playing football as a university student, Manziel - nicknamed "Johnny Football" - has struggled with substance abuse and personal issues in the professional league.

Manziel was released from Cleveland Browns in March.