A Premier League footballer who was arrested on suspicion of child sex offences last year is reportedly still receiving his full salary.
The footballer, whose name cannot be revealed until the investigation is finalised, was arrested on 16 July 2021, and has not featured on a pitch since as his club suspended him from all football activities.
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Following his suspension, the player was reportedly moved to a safe house due to his previous address going viral on social media.
According to The Athletic, the footballer is still waiting to see if the police investigation will result in the Crown Prosecution Service laying criminal charges against him after claims he had engaged in sexual acts with a woman who was under the legal age to consent.
It has emerged that, while the accused gets closer to hearing the verdict of the investigation, he has still been receiving his full salary, which is said to be six figures, while his club monitors the situation.
The footballer is said to have had his bail extended on several occasions over the past 11 months, but will be asked to finally answer the police in the near future.
Dino Nocivelli, a partner at Leigh Day Solicitors that specialise in alleged abuse, has slammed the justice system for the drawn-out nature of cases.
"The delay by the criminal justice system to investigate crimes is of concern to all involved, whether that be complainants or defendants," Nocivelli told The Athletic.
"Sadly, this is becoming an increasingly common and worsening problem.
"I believe that justice delayed is often justice denied. The impact on alleged victims can be very damaging. It means they cannot obtain the full therapy they need.
"They cannot try to move forward with their lives while a (potential) court case hangs over them and their wait for justice and closure continues. I appreciate that this delay can also affect defendants as well."
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