Northern Ireland forward Gavin Whyte may face discipline after a video emerged on social media of him walking through the Belfast city center semi-naked and engaged in a lewd act.
The 22-year-old’s club Oxford United called his conduct unacceptable, insisting it was “totally out of character” and a “moment of madness”.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill said the player’s behavior was “clearly unacceptable” and “far below the standards” expected of a footballer who represents his country.
In the video, Whyte is seen with another man walking down a pavement beside Belfast City Hall, both with their trousers and pants down around their knees, exposing themselves. The video emerged after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Fleetwood.
A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “Police are aware of a video on social media and are conducting inquiries into the matter.”
“Gavin’s actions in the video are clearly unacceptable and fall far below the standards that we expect from a Northern Ireland international,” said International boss O’Neill. “I know that Oxford United will discipline him appropriately for this significant mistake and both his club and the Irish FA will put in place measures to make sure that he learns from it.”
“Gavin is a quiet, respectful young man who is totally devastated by this. I have rarely heard anyone so remorseful for something that he regrets and knows he shouldn’t have done,” he added. “Clearly he had drunk too much, and we will deal with that too, but whether you are a footballer or not that sort of behavior is wrong on every level.”
“We will sit down with Gavin today and we will remind him in no uncertain terms of his responsibilities. We have psychological and behavioural support here to help him get through this. He is a great kid and I hope the fans can forgive him for one moment of madness.”