Len­non held for ‘stress-re­lated ill­ness’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Ever­ton and for­mer Eng­land mid­fielder Aaron Len­non has been de­tained by po­lice un­der the Men­tal Health Act and is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for a “stress-re­lated ill­ness,” the club con­firmed on Tues­day.

The 30-year-old, who has not played for the English Premier League club since Feb 11, was taken to hos­pi­tal on Sun­day after po­lice were called to an ad­dress in Sal­ford, Greater Manch­ester.

“Of­fi­cers at­tended and a 30year-old man was de­tained un­der Sec­tion 136 of the Men­tal Health Act and was taken to hos­pi­tal for as­sess­ment,” Greater Manch­ester Po­lice said.

Ever­ton re­leased a state­ment on Tues­day. “Aaron Len­non is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing care and treat­ment for a stress-re­lated ill­ness,” the state­ment said.

“The club are sup­port­ing him through this and his fam­ily has ap­pealed for pri­vacy at this time.”

Base Soc­cer Agency, who rep­re­sent Len­non, tweeted their sup­port. “Ev­ery­one at Base Soc­cer sends their sup­port to @AaronLen­non12 — get well soon and stay strong.”

For­mer Eng­land cricket cap­tain Andrew Flintoff, who has bat­tled de­pres­sion, tweeted: “Lots of love and wishes @AaronLen­non12 an­other cruel ex­am­ple of how men­tal ill­ness can af­fect any­body, get well soon x #Time­totalk.”

Len­non joined Ever­ton from Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in Septem­ber 2015 for £4 mil­lion (RM22 mil­lion). He has been capped for Eng­land 21 times and played at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Un­der the Men­tal Health Act, po­lice can de­tain peo­ple to as­sess whether they need ur­gent treat­ment for a men­tal health disor­der and if they are a risk of harm to them­selves or oth­ers. AFP

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