Ex-Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has quit from the Soccer Aid football event after leaving tasteless messages in a WhatsApp chat group. Reports regarding the incident have revealed that the footballing legend shared a video which contained images of a naked woman. Alongside the video, the star also offered to hire nineteen sex workers, for members of the squads set to take part in the fundraising match. After a string of complaints were made to Soccer Aid, Toure received harsh criticism from fellow players. A spokesman for Soccer Aid declared, “Inappropriate content was shared in a private group text. The message was quickly deleted and a full apology was made to all. Soccer Aid for Unicef has discussed the above with the individual involved and he has decided to no longer continue to participate in this year’s event. While it was an error of judgment, it was felt that the behaviour didn’t align with the values of the event and its cause, and it was the right thing for him to step back from this year’s match.” Since quitting the event, the former Manchester City player posted a lengthy apology on his Twitter page: “I would like to apologise to everyone involved in Soccer Aid for an inappropriate joke I deeply regret. It was meant as a joke, however, I lacked thorough consideration for the feelings of all the other participants. That being said I deleted the jokes within minutes and I immediately apologised to all inside the group. Regardless of the circumstances, I want to take full responsibility. I am a grown man who should not be engaged in such jokes.”
The Soccer Aid match, scheduled to take place at Old Trafford, is an annual fundraising event in which former professional footballers take on celebrities in a football match. This year’s celebrity XI will include Olly Murs, Paddy McGuiness, Mark Wright and Tom Davis.