Who is the Premier League player being blackmailed?

Internet gossips guess at identity of player filmed in Las Vegas orgy with three Swedish blondes

BY Sophie Taylor LAST UPDATED AT 14:06 ON Wed 12 Jan 2011

Once again the internet is buzzing with speculation over the identity of a Premier League footballer caught up in a sex scandal, after it was reported that a top player was being blackmailed over footage of an orgy with three Swedish blondes in a Las Vegas hotel room.
 
According to the Sun, the international star was filmed and photographed wearing nothing more than a condom as he had sex with one of the three women, a 25-year-old waitress, while his two friends "romped" with the others.
 
The tabloid claims that the player, who represents one of the top 10 teams in the Premier League and has "a clean-cut image", has since been contacted by a blackmailer who has threatened to circulate the pictures and video.
 
The footballer and his friends are said to have met the three blondes in a nightclub in Las Vegas and partied with them for several hours, downing shots of vodka, before heading back to the player's hotel room, where the cameras started rolling.
 
The lack of any clear indication of the player's identity, his nationality, when the indiscretion took place and even the club he plays for has not stopped the internet gossips from using message boards to put forward their theories as to who it is.
 
The field is narrowed slightly as the player is said to be in his 20s, and the more eagle-eyed observers point out that the /Sun/ does not say that he has a wife or girlfriend, suggesting that he is single. But if that’s the case, what would be the threat of blackmail?
 
Others speculate that the man in question is unlikely to be English as he is described as an "international" rather than an England player. · 

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