Aaron Lennon: Support Pours in For EPL Footballer ‘Detained Under Mental Health Act’


Aaron Lennon, the Everton and former Tottenham Hotspur footballer, has been detained under the United Kingdom’s Mental Health Act, according to a report.

Lennon, 30, who began his career at Leeds United, was taken to hospital for “assessment” after police were called to Salford, Greater Manchester, on Sunday according to the BBC.

“Aaron Lennon is receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness. The club is supporting him through this and his family has appealed for privacy at this time,” an Everton club statement quoted in The Guardian read.

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“Police were called at around 4.35 p.m. [Sunday] to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man on Eccles Old Road. Officers attended and a 30-year-old man was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act and was taken to hospital for assessment,” a Greater Manchester Police statement read.

Lennon has won 21 England caps, the last of them in 2013. His last appearance for Everton this season came against Middlesbrough in a 0-0 draw at Riverside Stadium on February 11.

Tottenham, the north London club for whom Lennon played for ten years between 2005 and 2015, posted a message of support for Lennon on Twitter.

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Stan Collymore, the former England international, also offered his support to Lennon. Collymore, now 46 and a radio pundit, suffered from depression while at Aston Villa in the late 1990s.

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