Former Everton Footballer Arrested on Suspicion of Child Sexual Offences is Cleared

 

A former Everton player who was arrested in 2021 on suspicion of child sex offenses has been cleared and will not face charges.

 

According to the police, the player, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, will face no further action.

 

A statement from Greater Manchester Police read: ‘The investigation team and Crown Prosecution Service have been working together and reached the decision that the evidence available at this time does not reach the threshold set out on the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

 

‘Greater Manchester Police is committed to investigating allegations to secure the best possible outcomes for all involved and will continue to work with partner agencies to ensure individuals are supported throughout investigations and beyond.’

 

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed in February that they were investigating whether or not to charge the star.

 

The married player was detained by police in July 2021 before being released on bail, which was recently extended.

 

Magistrates granted the extension, which was set to last until July 2022.

 

The Premier League club immediately suspended the player, which the club confirmed in a statement at the time.

 

It read: ‘Everton can confirm it has suspended a 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.’

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