Chelsea’s 19-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi denies he committed rape.
On Monday, the Sun revealed that Callum Hudson-Odoi has been arrested.
According to the front page of the tabloid, Hudson-Odoi was taken into custody by police after a “4 am model row”.
On Monday afternoon, the Daily Mail confirmed why the Chelsea teenager was arrested: he’s been accused of rape.
It was also reported that Hudson-Odoi had been released from jail on bail.
The Metropolitan Police have also released the following statement:
“Police and London Ambulance Service were called at 3.53 am on Sunday, May 17 to a report of an unwell woman.
When emergency services attended, a woman reported that she was raped. She was taken to the hospital.
A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of rape.”
Impact on his Chelsea career
Hudson-Odoi is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2024.
On Monday, at the latest round of talks over Project Restart, Premier League clubs agreed to return to training today.
However, the Telegraph believes that Hudson-Odoi won’t appear at Chelsea’s first training session today due to his off-field problems.
Leaving the rape allegations to one side, Hudson-Odoi is likely to be quarantined after his rendezvous last weekend. The Telegraph report:
Hudson-Odoi, 19, is expected to miss Chelsea’s return to phase-one restricted training.
Having broken lockdown restrictions and come into contact with people outside his household, Hudson-Odoi is expected to be required to remain in isolation while providing a series of negative tests. Even a negative result for Hudson-Odoi is unlikely to mean he could restart training.
The Telegraph also reports that Chelsea is “likely” to punish Hudson-Odoi for breaking social distancing rules.
While the paper fails to note how Chelsea will punish the winger, the assumption is that Hudson-Odoi will be fined.
On the wider issue of the rape allegations, to repeat, Chelsea have yet to comment on the situation. However, the Athletic predict:
Whatever happens from now on, Hudson-Odoi has a battle on his hands.
Impact on his England career
Hudson-Odoi has represented England on three occasions.
However, the Times believes that the teenager may have a tough time playing for Gareth Southgate in the near future.
The Times noted that, like Chelsea, the FA is yet to react to the rape allegations.
Moreover, the paper note that the FA no longer have a ‘code of conduct’ for their players.
So how are disciplinary issues dealt with at this level? The Times report:
As was the case when Raheem Sterling, the Manchester City forward, clashed with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez on England duty at St George’s Park this season, disciplinary matters are dealt with at Southgate’s discretion after consultation with the senior players on the leadership group.
Hudson-Odoi: What’s next legally?
The Athletic summarise what’s next for Hudson-Odoi from the legal side of things:
The next update on the legal side of things will have to wait another month after Hudson-Odoi was released on bail.
Backing up the Athletic, The Times also notes that Hudson-Odoi “has been bailed to return in mid-June”.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has already had Covid-19
On March 13, Hudson-Odoi posted a video on Instagram revealing his Covid-19 story. He said:
I am feeling perfect. I had the virus which has cleared now.
I fully feel good, I feel fit, so I am feeling back to myself so it is all good.
I had it [coronavirus] three weeks ago now I think, on a Monday when I felt a bit hot.
The next day I was feeling back to normal. I thought it was just a minor temperature thing, but obviously it wasn’t.