Everton footballer who was arrested on suspicion of child sex offences has his bail extended for a third time as police continue to probe allegations
An Everton footballer who was arrested on suspicion of child sex offences more than six months ago has been bailed for a third time.
The international player, who cannot be named in the British press for legal reasons, has had his bail period extended until April 17, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.
The married player was first arrested on July 16, 2021, with MailOnline revealing his wife had left the marital home for her hometown.
Police have been conducting enquiries into allegations that the player had committed child sex offences since last summer.
The player, it is understood, has strenuously denied all of the claims.
An Everton international footballer who was arrested on suspicion of child sex offences more than six months ago has been bailed for a third time
Everton made its statement on its official website and gave no further details on the situation
Police are said to have raided his UK home and seized potential evidence last summer.
Everton confirmed they had suspended the arrested player, but have refused to identify him, despite him being named in media reports in his home country.
The decision not to identify him led to Everton midfielder Fabian Delph being wrongly named on social media as the arrested footballer.
A married Everton player was arrested on July 16, 2021 on suspicion of child sex offences
Thousands of social media users read and shared fake messages claiming that Delph was the arrested man, even though he has no involvement in the case.
Greater Manchester Police have not added to their earlier statement which said: ‘Officers arrested a man on Friday, July 16 2021 on suspicion of child sex offences. He is on police bail pending further enquiries.’
A spokesman for Everton said at the time: ‘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.’