Man City quizzed on support it offered hanged former academy player

Coroner quizzes Manchester City on what support it offered former academy player, 18, founded hanged in his bedroom after being released from the club due to injury

  • Jeremy Wisten, 18, was pronounced dead at his family home in Wythenshawe 
  • The teenager, who was born in Malawi, played for City’s elite youth squads 
  • The coroner also ordered a report from Mr Wisten’s GP and a toxicology report

Manchester City will be called to submit a statement outlining what support it gave to a former youth player found hanged in his bedroom, a coroner has said.

Jeremy Wisten, 18, was pronounced dead at his family home in Wythenshawe, Manchester, on October 24, an inquest opening at Manchester Coroner’s Court heard today.

The teenager, who was born in Malawi, played for City’s elite youth squads after joining the club in 2016.

Jeremy Wisten, 18, was pronounced dead at his family home in Wythenshawe, Manchester, on October 24, an inquest opening at Manchester Coroner’s Court heard today

Family and friends carry the coffin of Jeremy Wisten into St George’s Church in Altrincham last week

Coroner Zak Golombeck said he had read about Mr Wisten’s time at City, and about an injury which reportedly led to him leaving the club last year.

Mr Golombeck said: ‘He was someone who clearly had an incredible talent as a footballer.’

He said he would be ordering a witness statement from the football club ‘relating to Jeremy’s time there as an academy player and also the time both leading up to and following his release from the football club, detailing, if any, support that was given to him both from the period leading up to and following his release’.

He also ordered a report from Mr Wisten’s GP and a toxicology report.

Mr Golombeck added that he had been struck by the love Jeremy had for his family and friends.

The short hearing was attended by Mr Wisten’s parents and two members of the press, who attended via phone link.

The teenager, who was born in Malawi, played for City’s elite youth squads (pictured, left) after joining the club in 2016 

Coroner’s officer Ian Taylor told the court Mr Wisten, a student, was pronounced dead at the scene after he was found and there were no suspicious circumstances.

Mr Golombeck adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed, likely to be in the spring of next year.

Wisten, who lived in Trafford before moving to Wythenshawe three years ago, played for Altrincham FC and De La Salle FC in Salford before becoming a part of City’s Elite Squad at under-13 level in 2016.  

Raheem Sterling was among players to express their sadness following the teenager’s death.

The England forward offered prayers as he responded to the announcement on Twitter.

In a statement released at the time, the club said: ‘The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten.

‘We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.’

French defender Aymeric Laporte replied with a blue heart, adding: ‘Horrible news… RIP, young man.’

City midfielder Tommy Doyle, 19, who made his Premier League debut in July, wrote on Twitter: ‘So sad. RIP, my brother.’

His father Manila, 53, and mother, Grace Wisten, 46, paid tribute to their very happy boy who was taken away too soon. He was very friendly and always smiling.’  

For confidential support and advice, call the Samaritans on 116123. 

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