Tottenham’s Walker escapes ‘legal high’ punishment

Tottenham Hotspur and England right-back Kyle Walker has escaped disciplinary action from the FA after he was found to have taken a ‘legal high’, Sky Sports has reported.

Walker, who is currently away on international duty, was the subject of newspaper headlines after photographs emerged of the 23-year-old taking nitrous oxide. The incident is said to have taken place earlier this summer during a night out in Walker’s hometown of Sheffield.

The defender has taken to Twitter to apologise for his conduct. He said: “Apologies for not commenting sooner on a story about me today. I’ve been training and am focused on Tuesday’s game for England.

Now I know the health risks, it was poor judgment on my part. I won’t be doing this again and hope that no one else is influenced into putting their health at risk by my actions.

An FA statement subsequently read: “The FA and the England manager have spoken to Kyle about the matter and he has assured us it will not happen again. Inhaling Nitrous Oxide is not illegal, but we recognise the associated dangers. Kyle has accepted this mistake. He will not face any action under the England Player Code of Conduct.

Walker is in contention to start in Ukraine on Tuesday after playing the full 90 minutes of Friday’s 4-0 win over Moldova at Wembley in place of first-choice right-back Glen Johnson, who missed out with an injury.

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