England full-back Kyle Walker apologises for breathing nitrous oxide through a balloon
Kyle Walker issued an apology last night after the publication of a photograph that appeared to show him breathing legal but potentially lethal nitrous oxide through a balloon.
The England and Tottenham Hotspur right-back is with the national squad ahead of the pivotal World Cup qualifier against the Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday, but awoke on Sunday to a Sunday newspaper report about his night out in Sheffield earlier this summer.
The report said that Walker, 23, had been seen inhaling from a black balloon several times during the evening. It is understood that the balloon contained nitrous oxide, a legal substance known as ‘laughing gas’.
Walker responded to the report on Twitter on Sunday night. “Apologies for not commenting sooner on a story about me,” he wrote.
“I’ve been training and am focussed on Tuesday’s game for England. Now I know the health risks, it was poor judgement 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.”
Telegraph.co.uk 9 Sept 2013