Unnamed footballer's bail extended again

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A Premier League star, assumed to be the unnamed Everton player arrested by Greater Manchester Police last July on suspicion of child sex offences, has had his bail extended to the 1-year anniversary of his arrest.

The player, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is believed to be the same one who was suspended by their club immediately after the announcement that a 31-year-old married Premier League player had been arrested. Everton confirmed that they had suspended a first-team player pending an investigation by police shortly thereafter.

The footballer's bail was originally set to run until 19 October last year before being extended to 19 January then again to 17 April 2022. This latest extension, made as "enquiries continue", means that the footballer must now answer bail on 16 July, exactly one year since his arrest, without any charges being made in the case.

 

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Dave Williams
1 Posted 17/04/2022 at 10:47:48
If guilty he will get his punishment in jail as a famous footballer who has committed the worst of crimes. If innocent his life and career will have been ruined by such a long drawn out investigation. Strange business.
Colin Malone
2 Posted 17/04/2022 at 13:58:46
Arrested on 16 July last year. I wonder why it's taking so long?

The story going around that he was being blackmailed. If innocent, it's going to be a year-plus maybe to have this hovering over him.

Paul Hewitt
4 Posted 17/04/2022 at 14:24:40
Has he actually been charged with these offences. ?.
Brian Murray
6 Posted 17/04/2022 at 14:41:56
Phil. No-one – well, certainly not me – is interested in tip-toeing round a millionaire footballer who we wasted a whole window chasing and another waste of space to what we could've done with that fee and wages. Just my opinion. Him and us need to move on pronto.
Christy Ring
7 Posted 17/04/2022 at 14:46:04
If he's suspended by the club because of the charges, is he on unpaid leave?
Phill Thompson
8 Posted 17/04/2022 at 14:49:12
Brian. I didn’t write the rules. They are there to protect a number of people including not only the alleged perpetrator but the alleged victim, who may well be young and vulnerable. If you think that’s wrong then we disagree.
Brian Wilkinson
11 Posted 17/04/2022 at 16:29:28
Be off the wage bill in June, but like others have said, if innocent, the long drawn out saga has not done him any favours and probably ended his football career.
John Pickles
12 Posted 17/04/2022 at 19:43:09
'Un-named Everton footballer has endured a torrid season and not shown up at any of the matches'.

Is it Michael Keane? Mason Holgate? André Gomes maybe?

Jerome Shields
13 Posted 17/04/2022 at 19:50:59
Such a case, whether innocent or guilty, can have devastating consequences for the individual involved.

I know of a man who was accused by an employee. Through a long process, he was found innocent. He then sold his business, but he told me he should have sold earlier, concentrating on the case and planning his new life. If he had been found guilty, it would have been unbearable, and stuck with a business, would have put him over the edge.

Of course the due process has to be gone through.

Brian Murray
14 Posted 17/04/2022 at 20:13:50
Jerome. That case is about the normal world with normal people getting realistic income. Hard to have sympathy with a Premier League footballer but obviously you're right as in consequences can be just as lethal and sad. I was looking at it as a Blue, that's all. He needs to move on, end of.
Eddie Dunn
15 Posted 17/04/2022 at 20:35:31
This is a weird situation and if the man bailed is eventually found not guilty, then his career will already have been wrecked.

Imagine we get relegated and, a few months later, he is acquitted.

Will Mabon
16 Posted 17/04/2022 at 21:14:20
We have no confirmed details. It was rumoured/speculated the issue involved one other person with the unnamed footballer.

Approaching one year since the arrest. Enquiries continuing, no formal charges laid. This must be one oddly complex case. Perhaps there is much more to it, or nothing to it.

John Kavanagh
17 Posted 17/04/2022 at 21:34:57
Perhaps all or most of the investigating officers are RS season ticket holders.

Or maybe the nameless one attended one or more parties at Downing Street.

The possibilities are endless and everything is mere rumour and speculation.

Paul Hewitt
18 Posted 17/04/2022 at 21:40:07
I'm sorry but I find it very strange for someone to be arrested and his life shut down for the last 12 months. And still no charges against him. It doesn't sit right.
Michael Kenrick
19 Posted 17/04/2022 at 21:42:44
If there is really so much concern about the people involved, then why isn't it all kept hushed up from the very beginning?

Why do the police need to make such an opaque and yet blatantly obvious initial statement that ends up totally destroying the accused?

Why did the club need to come out with their ridiculous statement suspending some unnamed player? For it to then become obvious exactly who was suspended.

Does any of this nonsense aid the investigation? Or could that have proceeded in camera until they had enough evidence to prosecute, and then make it public?

And why on earth is it taking so incredibly long anyway?

And then we are left with the incalculable harm this episode has had on the morale and cohesion of the team in this dreadful season.

Maybe a lot of this becomes justified through his ultimate guilt. But it seems a shocking way to go about things. And if he turns out to be innocent... ooops. Sorry. Go commiserate with Dave Jones and Cliff Richard.

Chris Williams
20 Posted 17/04/2022 at 22:24:59
I suppose it’s called due process. If the police didn’t come out and report it, you can bet your life that it would be out there.

For somebody to be charged with an offence, as opposed to being arrested on suspicion, certain circumstances need to be satisfied.

1) There must be a good chance of CPS winning the case. The benchmark used to be a 50% chance of winning, at least, which isn’t that demanding you might think. I don’t know if this is still the case.

2) It must be in the public interest. Clearly underage sex charges satisfy this condition.

The fact that bail has been extended again probably means that one or other, or both circumstances have not yet been satisfied.

I think that in the case of a high profile individual, ‘in the public interest ‘ can be replaced by ‘of interest to the public’ which isn’t the same thing at all.

Whatever the answer, this individual, innocent or guilty, is basically in some sort of Limbo, or worse. Even if it goes to trial, given this ongoing time lag, it may well be that it won’t be proven.

Either way he’s fucked!

Ian Pilkington
21 Posted 17/04/2022 at 22:45:26
A full 12 months before the player may actually be charged; a shocking indictment of the our justice system and another example of incompetence from the CPS, most of them probably still working from home.

Furthermore, the unnameable player, if he had been available, would almost certainly have made a positive contribution at some stage during this woeful season.

Paul Hewitt
22 Posted 17/04/2022 at 22:49:03
Again I'm sorry but surely, if you're going to arrest someone, you must have evidence.
Larry O'Hara
23 Posted 17/04/2022 at 23:18:13
I agree with Michael K, all this is highly unsatisfactory

And without detailing it here, my understanding is the invisible man has a credible defence. We shall see

Geoff Lambert
24 Posted 17/04/2022 at 00:06:21
Paul, I think the word you are looking for is ‘suspicion’.

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