MX23RW : Wednesday, July 18 14:41:09

FIFA 'monitoring' child sex abuse allegations in English football

FIFA confirms that it will "monitor" allegations of child sex abuse in English football.

FIFA has confirmed that it will "monitor the situation" regarding the recent sexual abuse allegations in English football.

More than 20 players have come forward alleging that they were abused as children, which has caused the Football Association to open an investigation.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has stated that "six or seven clubs" could be implicated, while a number of ex-professionals have claimed that they were abused by former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell, who was convicted in 1998 for sexual offences against children.

A statement from football's world governing body read: "We are aware of the allegations. FIFA considers the protection of children and young people as fundamental in football and we will monitor the situation closely."

Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, Paul Stewart and David White are among the ex-players to come forward.

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