Everton confirm Fabian Delph will miss US pre-season tour in … Tue, 20 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0100-Police said man had been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences · Everton FC confirmed one of their players has been suspended in police probe …
- Police said man had been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences
- Everton FC confirmed one of their players has been suspended in police probe
- Thousands of fake messages appeared online claiming it was Fabian Delph
- Confusion came after Everton said it had suspended player – without naming him
Published: 22:06 EDT, 20 July 2021 | Updated: 04:06 EDT, 21 July 2021
Everton midfielder Fabian Delph has been wrongly named online as the Premier League footballer suspended by the club over alleged child sex offences.
Thousands of social media users shared fake messages claiming that Delph had been arrested following a raid by Greater Manchester Police.
The confusion came after Everton said it had suspended one of its players pending a police investigation but did not name him.
Last night a club source told The Sun: 'It's been extremely unfortunate for Fabian.
'He is entirely innocent and has been dragged into this by the club's decision not to name the other player, directly leading to rumours spreading on unregulated websites and social media.'
Everton midfielder Fabian Delph (pictured this month) was wrongly named online as the Premier League footballer suspended by the club over alleged child sex offences
In a statement, Greater Manchester Police had previously said: 'Officers arrested a man on Friday, July 16 2021 on suspicion of child sex offences. He is on police bail pending further enquiries.'
Detectives raided his near-£2million home earlier this month in search of evidence.
A source said: 'Several items were seized by cops. He was questioned in relation to very serious offences.'
Meanwhile, the experienced international star, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been suspended by his club while police investigate the allegations.
The experienced international star, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been suspended by his club while police investigate the allegations
Everton made its statement on its official website but gave no further details in relation to the situation
A spokesman for his club said: 'We can confirm we have suspended a first-team player pending a police investigation.
'The club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time.'
News of the arrest has shocked the Premier League with the competition's next season set to start in under four week's time.
The source added that the news had 'stunned the dressing room' and that the player had since 'gone to ground' after being suspended.
On Monday night, the player's agent declined to comment.
Fabian Delph is WRONGLY named online as the footballer … Tue, 20 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0100-The Blues have tonight confirmed the 31-year-old has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. Everton's players fly out to Florida …
Fabian Delph will miss Everton’s tour of the US because he must self-isolate.
The Blues have tonight confirmed the 31-year-old has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.
Everton’s players fly out to Florida tomorrow but the midfielder, who played in the win over Blackburn on Saturday, will miss the games scheduled in the Florida Cup.
Everton said: “ Everton can confirm that Fabian Delph will not travel with the squad to the Florida Cup in Orlando as a precautionary measure after coming into contact with someone who has since tested positive for Covid-19.
“Delph, who began his preparations for the coming season on 5 July and has played in both of the Club’s practice matches – including a 1-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday – will resume his pre-season training as soon as his period of self-isolation is over.”
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Fabian Delph is WRONGLY named online as the footballer
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