The Crown Prosecution Service today confirmed it is examining evidence in the case of a former Everton footballer facing allegations of child sex offences.

Greater Manchester Police referred the case to prosecutors last week, it has emerged.

The CPS will determine whether they can prosecute the former Everton footballer.

The CPS said in a statement: “We received a file of evidence from Greater Manchester Police on 31 January 2023 following an investigation into allegations of multiple sexual offences.

“We are considering this material in line with our legal test.”

Prosecutors must decide if there is sufficient evidence to bring a criminal prosecution leading to a conviction.

Everton immediately suspended the player after his arrest in July 2021.

The club continued to support the authorities with their inquiries after his arrest.

The player has been on bail since and is unable to leave the country.

No further comment will be made by the CPS until their lawyers reach a decision.