Former Everton player cleared of child sex offences almost two years after being arrested
A former Everton player, who was arrested on child sex offences back in 2021, has been cleared and will face no further action.
The player, who isn't allowed to be named due to legal reasons, has not played for the club since then won't be facing any action, according to police.
A statement from Greater Manchester Police read: "The 33-year-old man who was arrested in connection with an investigation opened in June 2021 will face no further action.
"The investigation team and Crown Prosecution Service have been working together and reached the decision that the evidence available at this time does not reach the threshold set out on the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
"Greater Manchester Police is committed to investigating allegations to secure the best possible outcomes for all involved and will continue to work with partner agencies to ensure individuals are supported throughout investigations and beyond."
The married footballer was detained by police in July 2021, ahead of the 2021/22 season kicking off, and was immediately suspended by the Premier League club.
He was released on bail shortly after, before magistrates approved an extension, which lasted for 12 months, up until July 2022.
Everton put out a statement at the time, saying, "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."