Premier League player is arrested over child sex offences

 A married Everton player has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.

The experienced international star, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been suspended by his club while police investigate the allegations.

He was arrested last Friday by Greater Manchester Police before being released on bail.

Detectives raided his near £2million home earlier this month in search of evidence.

A source said: 'Several items were seized by cops. He was questioned in relation to very serious offences.'

The player returned to his home on Friday night after being allowed to leave the police station where he was questioned. 

News of the arrest has shocked the Premier League. The competition's next season is set to start in under four weeks time.

The source added that the news had 'stunned the dressing room' and that the player had since 'gone to ground' after being suspended.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: 'Officers arrested a man on Friday 16 July 2021 on suspicion of child sex offences. He is on police bail pending further enquiries.'

A spokesman for his club said: 'We can confirm we have suspended a first-team 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.'

On Monday night, the player's agent declined to comment.

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