Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has said he feels harassed after reports claim he broke lockdown and social distancing rules for a second time.
The full back was in hot water last month for hosting a party during lockdown that involved two sex workers and faces disciplinary action from the club as it ‘directly contravened his responsibility as a role model’. Now Walker has confirmed he hugged his sister when he travelled to Sheffield on Wednesday to give her a birthday present, and also went to his parent’s home to pick some ‘home cooked meals’.
The story was reported in The Sun, who also stated the defender went for a cycle ride with a friend, but Walker has no spoken out against the reports, saying he feels harassed and questioned the media’s responsibilities surrounding mental health during the lockdown.
“At what stage do my feelings get taken into consideration? Walker said of the report. “I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for. However, I now feel as though I am being harassed. This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.
“At a time when the focus is understandably on Covid-19, at what point does mental health get taken into consideration? I am a human being, with feelings of pain and upset like everybody else. Being in the public eye does not make you immune to this.
“It is sad, but I feel as though my life is being scrutinised without any context. I understand if people are upset or angry with me, but it was important for people to have a better understanding of my life.”
It is understood that the club will not take any disciplinary action against Walker, as they took into consideration that there were some personal circumstances regarding the trip which provide important context.