‘I will judge my players by what happens on the pitch’: Pep Guardiola won’t hold Kyle Walker’s lockdown indiscretions against him after Man City star hosted sex party and travelled to visit his family
- Manchester City return to action against Arsenal as Premier League restarts
- Defender Kyle Walker was widely criticised for breaking lockdown restrictions
- Walker hosted a sex party with two escorts at his Cheshire home back in April
- He then made a trip to visit his parents and sister in South Yorkshire in May
- But City manager Pep Guardiola says he won’t hold these actions against him
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Pep Guardiola will not hold Kyle Walker’s indiscretions against him after the Manchester City defender broke lockdown rules to host a sex party and travel to visit his family.
Walker issued an apology after hosting the £2,200 sex party with two escorts at his house in Cheshire back in April.
And the following month, City’s right-back travelled to visit his sister’s house in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and then went to his parents’ home in Sheffield in breach of Covid-19 restrictions.
Kyle Walker was criticised for breaching lockdown rules by hosting a party and visiting family
City manager Pep Guardiola says he won’t judge Walker by his off-field indiscretions
Afterwards, Walker claimed his family was being ‘harassed’ as he explained the reasons for his trip.
Walker is set to return to action as City host Arsenal in their first Premier League fixture after the restart on Wednesday night.
And he has received Guardiola’s backing, with City’s manager saying it is only how Walker performs in games that matters to him.
‘I will judge my players by what happens on the pitch,’ Guardiola said.
‘I think Kyle made a brave statement about what happened in this period and the club spoke with him,’ Guardiola said.
‘What I want is the best for him, especially his family – his wife, kids, parents. That is what we want.
‘The human being always goes first, then the football player and I think Kyle expressed his thought in his statement’
Walker and Manchester City return to action when they host Arsenal on Wednesday night
Walker apologised after hosting a sex party with two prostitutes at his Cheshire property
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In said statement, released on Walker’s social media accounts in early May, he said: ‘I feel as though I have stayed silent for long enough.
‘In light of the most recent article published about me and my family, I feel as though I have no choice but to address things publicly.
‘I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for. However, I now feel as though I am being harassed.
‘This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too. In relation to the events on Wednesday, I travelled to Sheffield to give my sister a birthday card and present, but also to speak to one of the few people I believe I can trust in my life.
‘She hugged me to remind me how much she cares and that I am loved. What am I meant to do – push her away? I then travelled to my parents’ house to pick up some home-cooked meals.
‘Again it’s been an extremely tough couple of months for them: everything I’ve gone through in my life they have gone through with me.
‘What have my parents and sister done to deserve their privacy being invaded by photographers following me to their homes?
‘I constantly feel as though I’m being followed. I don’t even feel safe in the confines of my own home – why should they have to feel like that too? Who deserves that?
Walker issued a lengthy statement on social media after his breaches of lockdown rules
‘I am in a privileged position as a role model and a professional athlete, and can assure you from my upbringing I do not take it for granted. But, at what stage do my feelings get taken into consideration?
‘My family has been torn apart, this has been dragged through the press, and I ask: when is enough enough?
‘At a time when the focus is understandably on Covid-19, at what point does mental health get taken into consideration, an illness which affects every sufferer differently?
‘I am a human being, with feelings of pain and upset just like everybody else. Being in the public eye as a professional athlete does not make you immune to this.
‘It is sad, but I feel as though my life is being scrutinised without any context. I understand if people are upset or angry with me, but it was important for people to have a better understanding of my life.
‘Thank you for taking the time to hear my feelings.’
Walker, 30, has started 21 Premier League and three Champions League games for City this season, chipping in with four assists from right-back.
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