An Everton footballer has been arrested on suspicion of committing child sex offences and released on bail pending further investigation.
The player had his home raided by police and was arrested on Friday.
Everton released an official statement on Monday evening confirming they had suspended a footballer and will assist the police with any enquiries.
The statement on the club’s official site read: “Everton can confirm it has suspended a 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.”
Greater Manchester Police have 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 source told The Mirror: “This has caused a massive shock.
“Any suggestion of allegations of offences involving a child are rightly taken seriously from the point they are made.”
The insider added: “Clearly this matter must be fully investigated. Allegations of this nature will cause a considerable amount of alarm among everyone within the club, the fans, and the wider public.
“This is now a case of waiting to see where the investigation takes us.”
Everton have returned for pre-season training and will play the first of their friendlies against Colombian side Millonarios on Monday.
Rafa Benitez’s side then face Manchester United on August 7 before kicking off their season against Southampton a week later.