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Football child sex abuse scandal in England

Football child sex abuse scandal in England

More than 20 ex-footballers have made allegations of child sex abuse, with five separate police investigations and an FA review launched in response.

VATAN OZ/LONDON-More than 20 ex-footballers have made allegations of child sex abuse, with five separate police investigations and an FA review launched in response.Clarke said he was "angry" that "1990s society was sleep walking and we were part of that problem".He defended the FA inquiry from criticism it should be much wider.On Monday, MP Damian Collins said an inquiry needed to establish if there was a cultural problem in the sport, rather than an internal review looking at football officials and what clubs knew and when.

 

Clarke said: "The moral consequences of failing to deal with some of these issues in the past we must get to the bottom of."

 

Several former footballers have waived their right to anonymity in order to go public and raise awareness of alleged historical abuse in football, a step which has won praise from politicians, sport administrators and abuse charities.

 

Former Crewe player Andy Woodward was the first to speak out about the abuse he suffered as a child by convicted paedophile and former Crewe coach Barry Bennell.

 

Five police forces - Cheshire, Hampshire, Northumbria, the Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester - are investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse.