Premier League footballer arrested over alleged child sex offences

A Premier League footballer – described as a ‘senior international – has been arrested over alleged child sex offences.

The player in question cannot be named for legal reasons but his club have confirmed that he has been suspended.

The footballer had his home raided on Friday and was arrested later that day.

A statement from the Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a 31-year-old man had been arrested on ‘suspicion of child sex offences’.

‘Officers arrested a 31-year-old man on Friday 16 July 2021 on suspicion of child sex offences.

‘He is on police bail pending further enquiries.’

An unnamed club confirmed to the Mirror that the player in question has since been suspended.

‘The Club can confirm it has suspended a first-team player pending a police investigation,’ they said.

‘The Club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time.

Sources told the Sun said the probe was being led by Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team.

‘Several items were seized by cops. He was questioned in relation to very serious offences,’ a source said.

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