Everton suspend first team player pending police investigation

Everton have suspended an unnamed first team player pending a police investigation, the Premier League club said on Tuesday without providing any further details about the case. 

"The club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time," Everton added in a statement on its website. 

Everton, who appointed former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez as their new manager last month, are preparing for the new season after finishing 10th in the previous campaign. 

They take on Southampton on Aug. 14 at Goodison Park. 

The Mail reports that the player is married and has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.

Detectives raided his near £2m home earlier this month looking for evidence.

A source said: "Several items were seized by cops. He was questioned in relation to very serious offences."

The source added that the news had "stunned the dressing room" and that the player had "gone to ground" since his suspension.