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Everton suspend academy chief amid allegations of ‘tapping up’ Cardiff youth player

Everton have suspended their head of academy recruitment Martin Waldron after he was accused of a tapping-up a youth player, according to reports.

The Premier League have launched an investigation into an alleged breach in regulations surrounding the approaching of youth players.

A letter was received by the Premier League which claimed Waldron had approached the youngster, who was 11 or 12 at the time, and his family.

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About the chief, the Everton website states, “Martin is a firm believer in the importance of local recruitment and cites players such as Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley, Tom Davies and Jack Rodwell as examples of the sterling local recruitment work undertaken by his department”.

The Everton statement last week read: “Everton has been notified of an allegation relating to an approach by the club to an academy aged player.

“On being made aware of this, we immediately launched an internal investigation and have been cooperating fully with all of the relevant authorities.”

The Daily Mail revealed how the club have instructed Martin Waldron not to speak while the inquiry is still open, Everton say that their decision to suspend their long-serving staff member doesn’t imply guilt.

An independent investigation is still ongoing over allegations from Watford that the Blues tapped up Marco Silva while he was still manager at the Hornets.

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