Anton Walkes: Tottenham pay tribute to Charlotte FC star with black armbands in game against Man City

Tottenham pay tribute to Charlotte FC defender Anton Walkes by wearing black armbands in his Premier League game against Manchester City following the tragic death of their 25-year-old former player following a boating accident in Florida

  • Charlotte FC’s Anton Walkes died on Wednesday after a tragic boating accident
  • Walkes, 25, was discovered unconscious before dying early Thursday
  • The English defender started his career at Premier League club Tottenham
  • As a tribute, Spurs wore black armbands against Man City on Thursday
  • Walkes signed his first professional contract with them and performed once
  • The north London team expressed their “deep sadness” after learning of his death
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Tottenham players wear black armbands in their Premier League game against Manchester City following the death of Charlotte FC star and former academy graduate Anton Walkes.

Charlotte announced Walkes’ death at the age of 25 on Thursday morning after the defense attorney was involved in a tragic boating accident in Florida earlier this afternoon.

He was discovered unconscious after two boats crashed near Miami Marine Stadium around 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports.

Walkes then received CPR from Miami Fire Rescue before being rushed to the hospital but died early Thursday.

Tottenham wear black armbands in tribute to former player Anton Walkes against Manchester City on Thursday. Pictured: Spurs striker Harry Kane (centre)

Tottenham wear black armbands in tribute to former player Anton Walkes against Manchester City on Thursday. Pictured: Spurs striker Harry Kane (centre)

Walkes, who plays for MLS club Charlotte FC, was involved in a boating accident in Miami on Wednesday

Walkes, who plays for MLS club Charlotte FC, was involved in a boating accident in Miami on Wednesday

He began his professional career at Tottenham after spending four years at their academy

He began his professional career at Tottenham after spending four years at their academy

The England centre-back, who has a baby daughter named Ayla with his girlfriend Alexis, started his professional career at Tottenham after spending four years at their academy.

He made just one appearance for Spurs, featuring in a League Cup game against Gillingham in 2016 before leaving the club two years later.

Tottenham said they were “deeply saddened” by the news of Walkes’ death in a statement on Thursday, before adding their first-team would later wear black armbands against City in tribute.

The North London team’s academy sides will also wear black armbands in his memory during their weekend games.

While stars like Harry Kane pay their respects at Etihad, fans pay floral tributes at Charlotte Walkes in front of their Bank of America Stadium.

The Charlotte defense attorney, pictured with girlfriend Alexis (center) and their daughter Ayla (right), was involved in a tragic boating accident in Florida on Wednesday

The Charlotte defense attorney, pictured with girlfriend Alexis (center) and their daughter Ayla (right), was involved in a tragic boating accident in Florida on Wednesday

Tottenham players including Ivan Perisic (L) wore armbands in memory of Walkes v City

Tottenham players including Ivan Perisic (L) wore armbands in memory of Walkes v City

Fans also lay flowers in his honor in front of Charlotte FC's Bank of America Stadium

Fans also lay flowers in his honor in front of Charlotte FC’s Bank of America Stadium

He played 24 times in his freshman year with Charlotte, who selected him in the 2021 Expansion Draft

He played 24 times in his freshman year with Charlotte, who selected him in the 2021 Expansion Draft

Walkes made one appearance during his time at Spurs

Walkes made one appearance during his time at Spurs

Supporters also plan to hold a vigil at 4 p.m. local time.

Born in Lewisham, south-east London, Walkes was first spotted by Spurs while playing for non-league club Dulwich Hamlet and signed his first professional contract with them in 2015.

After stints on loan in America at Atlanta United and in England’s lower leagues at Portsmouth, he joined the latter team on a permanent basis in 2018.

A second assignment at Atlanta followed two years later before being selected by Charlotte in the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft. Walkes played 24 games in his debut season.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of Anton Walkes, a truly incredible father, a loving person and an outstanding human being,” Charlotte’s sporting director Zoran Krneta said in a statement.

“Anton embodied what it means to be a part of Charlotte Football Club and our entire community mourns this tragedy.

“The impact he left in the dressing room and throughout Charlotte will never be forgotten. We are thinking of his dear family at this time and will give them our fullest support in any way we can.’

Born in Lewisham, London, the centre-back enjoyed most of his time on loan

Born in Lewisham, London, the centre-back enjoyed most of his time on loan

He was on loan and then permanent at Portsmouth in lower leagues in England

He was on loan and then permanent at Portsmouth in lower leagues in England

In its own statement, Major League Soccer expressed its pain at the “tragic” news of Walkes’ death, writing: “There are no words to describe the sadness of everyone in Major League Soccer today, having been saddened by the tragic death of Anton Walkes have experienced Charlotte FC.

“Anton was a talented and dedicated player who was loved by his teammates and fans. We send our deepest condolences to his partner, family, friends and the entire Charlotte FC family.

“MLS is coordinating with Charlotte FC to provide players and family members with the resources and support they need at this tragic time.”

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