Manchester United star Brendon Williams is caught ‘inhaling laughing gas from a balloon’ while sitting in the passenger seat of Mercedes
- The 22-year-old fullback was reportedly filmed near his club’s ground
- Footage taken from a vehicle appears to show Williams breathing from a balloon
- Rishi Sunak has promised to crack down on laughing gas and anti-social crimes
Manchester United star Brandon Williams has been pictured inhaling the legal high nitrous oxide from a balloon near the club’s training ground.
The 22-year-old full-back, who failed to break into the club’s first team this season, was filmed inhaling nitrous oxide as a passenger in a moving Mercedes Brabus supercar.
In the video published by The sun he appears to be passing a bus from the high to a rear passenger in the car as he is filmed from another vehicle.
It is not illegal to possess or use the gas, but it is illegal to supply under current law.
But the government plans to crack down on and ban the legal high, otherwise known as “hippie crack,” outright, as part of a raft of new legislation designed to demonstrate a tougher stance on crime .
Brandon Williams, 22, of Manchester United in action during a team training session earlier this month
Manchester United’s Teden Mengi and Brandon Williams celebrate after the Carabao Cup final between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Wembley in February
Williams, born in Manchester where he now plays, has only seen five minutes of playing time under manager Erik ten Hag this season.
The exact date the video footage was recorded is unclear.
A witness to the incident told The Sun: “Anyone who follows United or football seriously would have recognized him immediately. It’s irresponsible considering he’s a public figure.
“He is meant to be a role model for young people and up-and-coming footballers.
Carrying that mess around, especially so casually, can hinder his ability on the field. No doubt his manager won’t be impressed.’
Williams has risen through Manchester United’s youth teams, making 51 professional appearances on the field to date.
There is speculation that he may move to Middlesbrough or be loaned out following his limited appearances for the club this season.
Nitrous oxide gives users a temporary euphoric high – sometimes leading to fits of laughter – and can cause hallucinations and sound distortions.
A witness said his behavior ‘could hinder his ability on the field’
But it also carries significant risks, from mild side effects such as headaches to unconsciousness or even death.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s plan to phase out nitrous oxide is part of a package of “community justice” measures.
The ban on nitrous oxide is intended to protect young people and to put an end to jerry cans lying around in places where young people gather.
Mr Sunak wrote in the Mail on Monday: ‘We are going to take a zero tolerance approach.
‘We are going to put an end to groups of young people who use laughing gas by banning it.
“And we’re going to expand drug testing on arrest to include drugs like ecstasy and cannabis, and also expand the range of situations that could trigger a drug test in the first place.”
Manchester United have been contacted for comment.