A leading England footballer admitted his “shame” after being caught in a long-term, monogamous, faithful relationship by a tabloid newspaper this week.
The star, who is attempting to remain anonymous, confessed that his faithful relationship with long-term girlfriend Rachel shamed both him and his profession, and has caused him to be shunned by his team-mates.
“It was really, really tough when the rest of the lads found out I wasn't cheating,” he said. “My own shame is bad enough, but see your colleagues and your friends look down on you and shun you is the worst feeling you can have.”
The international footballer said that the revelation came during a “team bonding” night out at an exclusive London nightclub. Encouraged by his team-mates to go back to a hotel with any number of interchangeable, guileless young women, he refused.
“That's when I had to confess. Tell the lads I wasn't a cheater, that I had never cheated and never would. I'll never forget the look on their faces”.
The player admits that he is considering retiring from the game after becoming a pariah due to his actions. “I know I've made a mistake,” he said “but I would like to be forgiven. I don't know if I ever will be, though”.