It was revealed on Tuesday evening that Everton winger Aaron Lennon had been detailed under the Mental Health Act by police over concerns for his welfare.
Per BBC Sport, the 30-year-old is currently receiving care and treatment for a “stress-related illness” after police were called to Salford on Sunday.
Following the news, many high-profile sports stars - plus thousands of football fans on Twitter - have posted messages of support for the ex-England international.
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"Police were called at around 4.35pm to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man on Eccles Old Road,” Greater Manchester Police confirmed.
"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."
Mental health in football has become less of a taboo over the past few years thanks to the likes of Clarke Carlisle and Stan Collymore, both of whom have sent messages of support to Lennon via Twitter.
The Daily Mail's coverage has angered Twitter
But unfortunately, the Daily Mail’s coverage of Lennon’s situation had angered many people on social media.
They published a tweet with the headline: “£55,000-a-week England footballer Aaron Lennon is detained under Mental Health Act after stand-off with police”.
Understandably, people are fuming that Lennon’s wage is mentioned. Why is that relevant? And ‘stand-off with police’ - hardly sensitive, is it.
The Mail's report also goes into detail about Lennon’s previous dealings with the police, and this has also angered Twitter users.
Sports stars lend their support to Lennon
However, it’s fantastic to see sporting stars - and fans - uniting to lend their support to Lennon.
Get well soon, Aaron.
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