Former England star Fabian Delph is 'furious' with how Everton have handled the suspension of a first-team player, according to reports.
Earlier this week, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a 31-year-old Premier League footballer had been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.
The player had his home raided by police and was arrested last Friday. His identity has not been revealed.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Everton confirmed that a first-team player had been suspended pending a police investigation, but provided no further details.
The statement read: "Everton can confirm it has 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."
If you're not going to disclose the name of who's been arrested, you shouldn't be disclosing the age of them either!
And make ppl start the guessing game,
It only leads to one thing, online trolling!
It's not fair or right that Fab an he's family have to go through this.
- Bradley Johnson (@BradJohnson15) July 21, 2021
Blackburn Rovers midfielder Bradley Johnson has since taken to social media to slam police after disclosing the age of the arrested footballer.
The news followed widespread online speculation regarding the player in question, with Toffees left-back Delph said to be unhappy with the club's failure to adequately clarify the situation, according to The Athletic.
Following Everton's shock statement, Delph - twice a Premier League winner with Manchester City - took to Instagram to quell any further speculation that he could be him.
Making his first post on the social media platform for almost three months, the 31-year-old uploaded a photo of himself in preseason training with the caption: "Working hard in pre-season".
Topics: Fabian Delph, Premier League, Everton