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Walker Faces Manchester City Investigation For Breaking Lockdown Rules

Blues Defender Hosted Party Against Government Advice

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Manchester City defender Kyle Walker is set to face an investigation by the club for breaking the Coronavirus lockdown instructions.

The 29 year old held a party at his home against government advice, which forbids social gatherings and enforces social distancing while the pandemic continues to spread throughout the country. Furthermore, it is believed two ‘sex workers’ were also present at the party.

Walker has since apologised for his actions and reiterated government advice to remain at home and stay safe, however the club has issued a statement advising an investigation will follow. “Manchester City FC are aware of a story in a tabloid newspaper regarding the private life of Kyle Walker in relation to a breach of the UK lockdown and social distancing rules.

“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 in the coming days.”

Walker was swift to apologise for his conduct and made the following statement: “I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week which have resulted in a story today about my private life in a tabloid newspaper.

“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.

“There are heroes out there making a vital difference to society at the moment, and I have been keen to help support and highlight their amazing sacrifices and life-saving work over the past week.

“My actions in this matter are in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown. And I want to re-iterate the message: stay home, stay safe.”

The defender is the second footballer to break the government’s rule after Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was fined for being pictured near the scene of an accident during the lockdown. Almost 50,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with Covid-19, with almost 5,000 deaths recorded in the country to date.