Recall that the Greater Manchester Police announced during the weekend that a 31-year-old man has been arrested “on Friday 16 July 2021 on suspicion of child sex offenses. He is on police bail pending further inquiries.”
Afterward, it was confirmed that the said 31-year-old man is a player in the Premier League but his name and club were not disclosed.
Shortly, Everton issued a statement confirming that the club has suspended a first-team player due to an ongoing police investigation. “The club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries”, the statement added.
Immediately the statement was released, social media users began to speculate that Gylfi Sigurdsson who is a 31-year-old attacking midfielder at Everton committed the alleged child sex offenses.
However, his wife, Alexandra Ivarsdottir reportedly came out to insist that her husband has nothing to do with the alleged child sex offenses. When the troll against her husband was getting too much, she had to deactivate her Instagram account.
The direction of the scandal changed on Tuesday evening, July 20, when most social media users began to troll Fabian Delph, accusing him of being the pedophile at Everton.
An Everton source told a United Kingdom-based publication, The Sun, that it was “extremely unfortunate for Fabian” that he was suspected to be the pedophile that committed the alleged crime.
The source described the 31-year-old English midfielder as “entirely innocent” who found his name in the scandal due to the failure of the club to mention the exact player that was accused of committing the child sex offenses.
“The news about the arrest has sent shock waves through the club”, The Everton source said.
“His teammates had no idea.
“The probe is being led by specialist officers who received a complaint several weeks ago.
“This news has left everyone at the club stunned.
“They are determined to make sure everything is investigated properly and no stone is left unturned.
“The club told all the players yesterday (Monday) what happened.
“The players are in total shock.
“The arrested player is a very popular member of the squad so no one can believe it.
“The players are all just hoping that it’s a misunderstanding or a mix-up or something.”
Fabian Delph would not follow Everton to the United States
Amid the child sex offenses scandal rocking Everton, the Premier League side are traveling to the United States to participate in Florida Cup without Fabian Delph.
The club will play against a Columbian side, Millonarios in the semi-finals of the tournament on July 26. Three days later, they will face Inter Milan in the final of the tournament since Arsenal football club have withdrawn from the tournament.
In a statement Everton released ahead of their flight to the United States, the club said Fabian Delph would not travel with the team because he came in contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus.
Hence, the 31-year-old out of favor England international would have to self-isolate for 10 days. By then, Everton would have returned to Merseyside to continue with their preparation for the coming 2021-2022 Premier League season.
The club’s statement read: “ Everton can confirm that Fabian Delph will not travel with the squad to the Florida Cup in Orlando as a precautionary measure after coming into contact with someone who has since tested positive for Covid-19.
“Delph, who began his preparations for the coming season on 5 July and has played in both of the Club’s practice matches – including a 1-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday – will resume his pre-season training as soon as his period of self-isolation is over.”