Football child sex abuse allegations

A general view of The Alexandra Stadium ahead of the Sky Bet League One match between Crewe Alexandera and Peterborough United on September 7, 2013

A number of former footballers have come forward to reveal that they were sexually abused as children by ex-Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell. More than 100 calls have been taken on a dedicated hotline as a growing number of people report similar abuse by Bennell and others.

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Police: '83 potential child sex abuse victims from 98 football clubs'
Police announce that 83 potential suspects of child sex abuse have been identified in 98 football clubs.
09:06
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Met Police launch investigation into child sex abuse allegations
The Metropolitan Police becomes the latest force to launch an investigation into widespread child sex abuse allegations in football, focusing solely on clubs in London.
Dec 8, 21:00
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Lawrie McMenemy "horrified" by abuse allegations
Former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy says that he is "disgusted and horrified" by the allegations of child sex abuse at the club.
Dec 8, 16:33
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Bob Higgins 'showered naked' with young players
Former Southampton youth officer Bob Higgins is accused of routinely showering naked with young players during his time with the Malta FA.
Dec 8, 16:00
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Report: Dario Gradi to be quizzed by FA over ex-Chelsea scout Eddie Heath
The Football Association is reportedly set to interview Dario Gradi over allegations of helping to 'smooth over' a complaint of an alleged child sexual assault at Chelsea.
Dec 7, 18:34
A general view shows Queens Park Rangers stadium ahead of the English Premier football match against Liverpool at Loftus Road in London on December 30, 2012
Former Queens Park Rangers player comes forward with child abuse allegations
A former Queens Park Rangers player anonymously claims that he was sexually abused as a 15-year-old by the club's ex-chief scout Chris Gieler.
Dec 7, 17:51
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Former Celtic kit man Jim McCafferty arrested over child sex abuse claims
Jim McCafferty, a former kit man at Celtic, Hibernian and Falkirk, is arrested in Northern Ireland after confessing to sexual abuse of children in the 1980s and 1990s.
Dec 7, 15:44
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Matt Le Tissier given 'naked massage' by man at centre of abuse scandal
Matt Le Tissier reveals that a former Southampton coach at the centre of the sexual abuse scandal once gave him a "naked massage".
Dec 6, 21:07
A general view shows Queens Park Rangers stadium ahead of the English Premier football match against Liverpool at Loftus Road in London on December 30, 2012
QPR respond to sexual abuse allegations against former chief scout Chris Gieler
Queens Park Rangers announce that they will cooperate with any investigation into allegations of historic child sexual abuse against former chief scout Chris Gieler.
Dec 6, 10:36
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Clive Sheldon QC to lead FA review into child sex abuse in football
The FA announces that Clive Sheldon QC will lead a review into allegations of historic child sexual abuse, replacing Kate Gallafent just one week after she was appointed.
Dec 6, 09:21
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Ex-Southampton coach accused of abuse 'not vetted'
A former Southampton youth coach accused of sexual abuse by six players was reportedly not police checked before taking on another coaching position elsewhere.
Dec 4, 22:47
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Chelsea apologise to sex abuse victim Gary Johnson
Chelsea intend to launch an external review into why an investigation was not carried out exploring Gary Johnson's claims that he was sexually abused while at the club.
Dec 3, 22:12
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Ex-Southampton abuser 'still active in football'
One of the men accused of sexually assaulting young footballers is said to be still active in the sport.
Dec 3, 13:56
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Chelsea 'offer Gary Johnson £50,000 to keep sexual abuse claims quiet'
Former Chelsea player Gary Johnson says that he was paid £50,000 by the club to keep his claims of child sexual abuse quiet.
Dec 2, 09:23
England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate looks on during his side's match against Croatia Under-21 on October 10, 2014
Gareth Southgate commends "bravery" of abuse victims
New England manager Gareth Southgate commends the 'exceptional bravery' of the former players who have come forward to reveal their sexual abuse as youngsters.
Dec 1, 12:02
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Ex-Newcastle United player David Eatock claims he was sexually abused
Former Newcastle United footballer David Eatock claims that he was sexually abused by coach George Ormond between the ages of 18 and 21.
Dec 1, 10:48
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Five more police forces open historical sexual abuse probes
Five more police forces open investigations into reports of historical sexual abuse in football.
Nov 30, 21:35
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Chelsea open historical sexual abuse investigation
Chelsea begin an investigation into historical sexual abuse allegations concerning a now-deceased individual who was employed by the club in the 1970s.
Nov 29, 21:57
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Barry Bennell charged with indecent assault
Former football coach Barry Bennell is charged with eight offences of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14.
Nov 29, 17:01
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Newcastle United cancel Eric Bristow appearance after social media comments
Newcastle United announce that they have cancelled a scheduled appearance by Eric Bristow in light of comments made regarding football abuse victims.
Nov 29, 14:11
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Paedophile ex-coach Barry Bennell in hospital after being found unconscious
Former football coach Barry Bennell, who is at the centre of a historical child sex abuse scandal, is taken to hospital after being found unconscious.
Nov 28, 16:54
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FIFA 'monitoring' child sex abuse allegations in English football
FIFA confirms that it will "monitor" allegations of child sex abuse in English football.
Nov 28, 11:55
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Football Association launches sexual abuse investigation
The Football Association confirms that it has initiated an internal inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse in the sport.
Nov 27, 10:36
A general view of The Alexandra Stadium ahead of the Sky Bet League One match between Crewe Alexandera and Peterborough United on September 7, 2013
Crewe Alexandra launch child abuse investigation
Crewe Alexandra launch an independent investigation into child abuse allegations.
Nov 26, 18:13
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Jason Dunford: 'Barry Bennell makes Jimmy Savile look like a choirboy'
Former Manchester City youth player Jason Dunford claims that a paedophile ring operated in youth football and was covered up as part of a conspiracy.
Nov 25, 21:07
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Premier League: 'No complacency in safeguarding young players'
The Premier League release a statement insisting that there is "no complacency" on their part when it comes to the safeguarding of young players.
Nov 25, 20:02
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South coast club 'implicated in abuse claims'
A "leading" south coast club is reportedly named as part of the investigation into historic child sex offences by football coaches.
Nov 25, 19:42
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Ex-player 'raped 50 to 100 times' by coach
Former footballer Chris Unsworth alleges that he was raped "between 50 and 100 times" as a child by ex-Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell.
Nov 25, 19:29
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Police receive abuse allegations against "more than one individual"
Cheshire Police confirm that they are investigating sexual abuse claims from youth football against "more than one individual".
Nov 25, 15:30
A general view of The Alexandra Stadium ahead of the Sky Bet League One match between Crewe Alexanders and Peterborough United on September 7, 2013
Dario Gradi denies knowledge of Barry Bennell abuse at Crewe Alexandra
Crewe Alexandra director of football Dario Gradi denies any knowledge of former youth scout Barry Bennell's abuse of young footballers at the club.
Nov 24, 14:48
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Ex-Man City footballer David White alleges he was sexually abused as a child
Former Manchester City footballer David White claims that he was sexually abused as a child.
Nov 23, 18:27


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