Manchester City defender Kyle Walker could face significant discipline for allegedly hosting a party with two escorts at his home in the North West of England and for disobeying orders to isolate himself while the United Kingdom is locked out.
The city confirmed on Sunday that it is investigating allegations that Walker broke social distancing rules last week. One day after the alleged incident, the 29-year-old man Posted a call on Twitter to keep everyone at home.
“Manchester City FC are aware of a story in a tabloid about the privacy of Kyle Walker in connection with a violation of the rules of locking and social distancing of the United Kingdom”, declared the club in a press release obtained by the Manchester Evening News. “Footballers are world role models, and our staff and players have worked to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of COVID-19 coronavirus, in every way possible.
“Kyle’s actions in this case directly contravened these efforts.
“We are disappointed to hear these allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apologies, and will be conducting internal disciplinary proceedings in the coming days. “
Walker apologized to the Sun, which first reported the allegations.
“I want to take this opportunity to apologize publicly for the choices I made last week,” said the English international. “I understand that my position as a professional footballer carries the responsibility of being a role model.
“As such, I want to apologize to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for abandoning them.
“There are heroes who are making a vital difference to society right now, and I wanted to help and recognize their incredible sacrifices and their rescue work over the past week. My actions are in direct contrast to what I should have done regarding locking. “
The UK went into receivership on March 23 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. People can only leave their homes to shop, buy medicine or go to work. Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited.
The country has reported more than 40,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 5,000 deaths related to the virus.