Ex-Spurs youth player Walkes, 25, dies in accident

    Walkes joined MLS side Charlotte in December 2021

    Former Tottenham youth and Portsmouth defender Anton Walkes has died aged 25 in an accident, his club Charlotte FC said.

    Walkes came through the Tottenham youth teams and played once for the club, in a League Cup tie in 2016.

    He also played 66 times for Portsmouth before moving to Atlanta United in the United States in 2020.

    Spurs say they will wear black armbands in memory of Walkes during Thursday’s Premier League game with Manchester City.

    In a statementexternal-link, the Premier League club said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former player, Anton Walkes.

    “As a mark of respect, our first team will wear black armbands at this evening’s Premier League match against Manchester City, with all our Academy sides to wear black armbands this weekend.”

    Charlotte sporting director Zoran Krneta said: “We are heartbroken from the loss of Anton Walkes – a truly incredible father, loving person and outstanding human being.

    “Anton embodied what it means to be a part of Charlotte FC and our entire community is grieving over this tragedy.

    “The impact he made in the locker room and throughout Charlotte will never be forgotten.

    “We are thinking of his lovely family during this time and will support them fully in every way imaginable.”

    Portsmouth said: “Everyone at Portsmouth Football Club is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Anton Walkes.

    “Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.”

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