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Football abuse investigation launched

Posted on: November 28, 2016

An independent investigation has been launched by the Football Association to conduct an internal review after former players came forward with allegations of abuse.

The review will be chaired by an independent QC. Kate Gallafent QC will seek to establish how much information was available at the time about the alleged activities of Barry Bennell, the convicted paedophile at the centre of the scandal

Over the weekend it has emerged that Leeds United and Blackpool football club are the latest clubs to be submerged by allegations of historical child abuse within the world of football. Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballer’s Association told the Guardian over the weekend that further former players had come forward to speak of the abuse they had received.

He went onto say ““Of those who became apprentices and senior players, over 20 players have come forward,” he said. “We’d start at Crewe, go to Man City, Stoke, Blackpool, Newcastle, Leeds.”

“I’m expecting there will be more. I can’t believe it’s just going to be in the north-west and north-east. We need to be mindful this could be throughout the country in the same way it’s been in other professions where children are there – in the church, in schools.”

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