Callum Hudson-Odoi will now concentrate fully on helping Chelsea football club to cement their place in the top four of the Premier League as the Metropolitan Police have decided to drop their investigation into the rape allegation against him.
Hudson-Odoi was everywhere in the news on May 17 when he allegedly invited a young lady into his apartment amid the coronavirus lockdown. It wasn’t too long before an ambulance arrived and took the lady to the hospital while the police arrested the Chelsea star for allegedly raping the lady. The neighbours of the England international also revealed that they heard shouts after the lady had entered inside his apartment.
The 19-year-old Chelsea fast-rising star was later released on bail and the next day, he was seen training with the rest of Chelsea squad. Since then, little or nothing was heard about the case until on Saturday, June 13, when the police issued a statement to announce that investigations into the matter have been dropped and no further action would be taken.
“A man arrested on Sunday, 17 May following an allegation of rape has been released with no further action”, the police said. “The incident is therefore no longer being investigated by police.”
It is not clear whether the police didn’t see any merit in the investigation or Hudson-Odoi simply enjoyed the sympathy coloured people have been enjoying across the western world since George Floyd was murdered by the police in broad daylight.
Floyd’s death has brought about a serious reawakening of the debate on racial abuse and police brutality across the world. Almost everyone has been trying to show sympathy to blacks and the oppression they have been going through.
While some may think the Metropolitan Police is trying to score a point at this critical time where blacks are getting all the attention, Hudson-Odoi believes that he has been vindicated.
“At a time where there are bigger things happening in the world right now, you may also be aware of serious allegations that were made against me”, he tweeted. “I have stayed silent and assisted the police fully throughout their enquiries, as I knew the day would soon come when my name would be cleared.
“Following a full and thorough investigation, the police have now confirmed they will take no further action.
“I have learned that being a footballer and playing for one of the best clubs in the world comes with great responsibility, and going forward I will try and use my platform as a Chelsea player to be the best role model that I can be.”
Hudson-Odoi will now be fully available for the manager of the club Frank Lampard to select for their first game in three months when they face relegation-threatened Aston Villa on June 21.