MANCHESTER, England – English defender Kyle Walker faces disciplinary action from his English Premier League team, Manchester City, after appearing to break the lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Walker, 29, apologized on Sunday after it was widely reported that he had organized a party involving two sex workers at his home last week, violating government rules on social distancing. The country is in the middle of a three-week lockout.
“I want to take this opportunity to apologize publicly for the choices I made last week that resulted in a story today (Sunday) about my privacy in a tabloid newspaper,” the statement said. from Walker.
“I understand that my position as a professional footballer carries the responsibility of being a model. As such, I would like to apologize to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for abandoning them.
“My actions in this case are in direct contrast to what I should have done regarding the lockdown. And I want to reiterate the message: Stay home, stay safe. “
Manchester City has said it will examine Walker’s behavior.
A statement from the club said: “Manchester City FC is aware of a story in a tabloid newspaper about the privacy of Kyle Walker in connection with a violation of the British rules of lockdown and social distancing.
“Footballers are world role models, and our staff and players have worked to support the incredible efforts of the National Health Service (NHS) and other key workers in fighting the effects of COVID-19 coronavirus in every way possible . Kyle’s actions in this matter 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, who has played 48 games in England, is the second prominent prominent player to be caught flouting government directives. Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish went to a party last weekend and was photographed next to a road in slippers just hours after posting a video urging fans to stay safe at home on social media.
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