Former Sheffield United player and Love Island star investigated by police for 'improper conduct'
A former Sheffield United academy player tipped to win TV's Love Island is being investigated by his former police bosses for ‘improper conduct,’ according to reports.
Mike Boateng, 24, is facing ‘serious allegations’ and The Sun has reported that Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that he is the subject of an “ongoing” probe.
Boateng said in a pre-show interview he quit the force, with the door “left open” for his return.
But The Sun reports that the former PC handed in his warrant card last year after he was accused of inappropriate behaviour.
The newspaper reports that he could now face the axe from the ITV dating show if he did not tell TV chiefs the full circumstances surrounding his exit.
Last night ITV representatives refused to confirm if they were aware of the probe, undertaken by the police’s Professional Standards Branch.
In an interview just days before entering the Love Island villa in South Africa, Boateng said: “I did resign to come on the show.
“But I spoke with the chief Ian Hopkins and thank God we’ve got a good relationship. So he has left the door open for me to come back if I do want to come back.
“The general consensus, ‘Don’t do anything stupid.’”
Boateng is now a favourite to win after coupling up with Leanne Amaning, 22.
Greater Manchester Police said: “Allegations were made regarding an officer in 2019 which are currently under investigation by the Professional Standards Branch.
“It is inappropriate to comment further whilst the investigation is ongoing.”
The ex-Sheffield United academy player trained alongside Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin during his time with the Blades, joining the club in the summer of 2013 in his bid to make it as a professional footballer
Taken on as a third-year scholar, Mike was then loaned out to non-league AFC Emley that October.
He failed to make the grade as a pro and trained to become a police officer.
Commenting on his footballing days, he said: “I know a few footballer friends from my football days.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin played with me at Sheffield United.”