Manchester City’s Kyle Walker sorry after a ‘lockout party’

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MANCHESTER, England – English defender Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action by English Premier League team Manchester City after he appeared to break the lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Walker, 29, apologized on Sunday after being widely informed 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. “

He added, “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. “

The city has said it will now 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 for England, is the second top EPL player to be caught flouting government directives after Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

The Villa captain went to a party last weekend and was photographed by the side of a road in slippers, just hours after posting a video urging fans to stay safe at home on social media. social.

Britain recorded more than 4,900 deaths from the virus from nearly 48,000 reported cases on Sunday.

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