England boss Gareth Southgate stands by Kyle Walker and picks him for European Championship qualifiers after the Man City star avoids criminal charges over allegations of indecent exposure in a bar in Wilmslow
Gareth Southgate will stand by Kyle Walker for the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine after the England defender received a slap on the wrist from police following an incident in a Cheshire bar.
Manchester City defender Walker will not face criminal charges after being quizzed by police following allegations brought to light by the Sun newspaper that he had exposed himself in a bar in Wilmslow.
Walker, 32, was voluntarily spoken to by officers over the matter but it is understood he has now actually been dealt with only for being drunk and disorderly.
In a statement released on Friday, Cheshire Police revealed Walker had been handed an out of court disposal order.
On their website the Cheshire force describes such an order as being used to ‘deal with low-level crime and anti-social behaviour instead of taking an offender to court. They are a way to resolve an investigation where the offender is known and has admitted to the offence’.
Manchester City and England defender Kyle Walker will not face criminal charges by police
Walker (pictured training last month) reported on time for Manchester City training on Tuesday morning before controversial footage of the afternoon drinking session was revealed
The Manchester City star pulled down his trousers to flash at a bar, fondled a blonde woman’s breasts and kissed her in moments caught on video, a report claimed earlier this month
Walker has therefore not been charged or cautioned and will not have a criminal record.
England manager Southgate named Walker in his squad for the forthcoming games – in Naples on Thursday and at Wembley next Sunday – as there was no conclusive evidence to leave him out.
But Southgate added: ‘If that changes we have to review the situation.’
On Friday Cheshire police revealed the matter to be closed.
A statement said: ‘On Wednesday 8 March, Cheshire Constabulary was made aware of a video circulating on social media in relation to an alleged incident at a bar in the Wilmslow area.
‘Officers have now concluded their enquiries which included speaking to those directly involved.
‘A 32-year-old man from Prestbury voluntarily attended a police station for questioning on 16 March.
‘He has been dealt with by an out of court disposal and the matter is now closed.’