Published 10:50 PM EDT Apr 5, 2020
A Manchester City soccer player is facing discipline after a tabloid reported he and a friend violated a national shutdown order by allegedly hosting a party with sex workers.
The United Kingdom’s The Sun says Kyle Walker invited two women to his apartment a day before he went on social media and urged people to stay home to protect against the spread of coronavirus.
Walker, 29, quickly issued an apology “for the choices I made last week which have resulted in a story today about my private life in a tabloid newspaper.”
He continued: “My actions in this matter are in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown. And I want to reiterate the message: Stay home, stay safe.”
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Manchester City officials issued a statement Sunday, saying the club will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure.
“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.”