Manchester City and England star Kyle Walker has issued an apology after published reports said he hosted a sex party while on lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
Walker and a friend apparently paid to have two escorts spend Tuesday with them, with the defender ironically issuing a Wednesday message imploring people to observe quarantine rules.
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Here is Walker’s apology, via The Telegraph:
“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week. I understand that my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model. As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down.”
Man City issued a stinging rebuke of Walker, saying they’ll be conducting an “internal disciplinary procedure.”
“Footballers are global role models and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of the Covid-19 coronavirus, in any way we can. Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts. We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure.”
Footballers certainly have not been above reproach during the pandemic, though so many have made positive news via donations or spreading the message of social distancing.
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was allegedly involved in a car crash, while curfew-breaking Serbian international Aleksandar Prijovic has been sentenced to three months house detention. Fellow Serbian striker Luka Jovic of Real Madrid was investigated for a similar offense earlier this month.