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BREAKING: Aaron Lennon. Everton winger detained under Mental Health Act

Everton’s 30 year old winger Aaron Lennon was detained by Greater Manchester police on Tuesday afternoon, after police had been alerted following concerns for the welfare of a man on Eccles Old Road at 4.35pm.

Lennon was taken to hospital, and Everton have now confirmed the player is “receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness”.

Greater Manchester Police provided a statement in which they stated:

“Police were called at around 4.35pm to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man on Eccles Old Road.

“Officers attended and a 30-year-old man was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act and was taken to hospital for assessment.”

 Greater Manchester Police, Tuesday 2nd May, 2017


Lennon’s representatives; Base Soccer Agency, responded on social media and stated that: “Everyone at Base Soccer sends their support to @AaronLennon12 – get well soon and stay strong.”

Following the surfacing of reports regarding Lennon’s welfare on Tuesday, the general public reaction has been one of empathy and understanding – it is all to easy to forget that professional footballers are real people with emotive struggles too. 

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Previous professional footballers have had their say, with Stan Collymore; a strong advocate of mental health awareness, and Trevor Sinclair commenting that:

Collymore – “Thoughts and love with Aaron Lennon and his family right now. I know that place, and I know he’ll be fine with good support from us all”.

Sinclair – “Thoughts with Aaron Lennon right now”.

The thoughts of all at 90MAAT are with Aaron Lennon and his family at this point in time, get well soon Aaron ⚽ 

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