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Everton player probed over child sex

Everton has suspended a player pending a police investigation, the Premier League club said.

The northwest-England team did not identify the player or any details about the police case.

“The club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time,” Everton said in a statement yesterday. The players are in pre-season training. The team opens its Premier League campaign against Southampton on August 14.

The player was arrested on Friday and interviewed by officers before being released on bail.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: “Officers arrested a man on Friday July 16, 2021 on suspicion of child sex offences. He is on police bail pending further inquiries.”

Everton has put faith in former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez this year to manage the side despite fierce rivalries between the two sides. The Toffees turned to the 61-year-old Spaniard following the unexpected departure of Carlo Ancelotti, who joined Real Madrid.


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