The Football Association (FA) is investigating the unprecedented number of football child abuse claimsl after former footballers have come forward to reveal the scandal in football and heartache of historic child abuse in football.
The FA said in a recent statement that “The FA is committed to full disclosure of the review’s findings, subject to any legal restrictions, and the terms of reference remain open to amendment should it be deemed necessary by external counsel or the FA”. They said that the purpose of the review would be to consider the following:
- “Consider the extent to which the FA was aware of any of the issues relating to non-recent child sexual abuse which have been brought to light in the press relating to the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and [up until around 2005].
- Consider what steps the FA took to address safeguarding/child protection issues in the sport up until 2005, and to consider any failings by the FA at the time, in particular whether it failed to act appropriately to anything raised with it relating to child sexual abuse, in relation to any football club (at any level of the game including grass roots clubs) or alleged abuser that may come to light.
- Consider the steps those clubs (that is any club at any level of the game including grass roots clubs) which are identified as linked to alleged sexual abusers took at the time of any incidents, and are taking to investigate what that club did or did not know and/or did or did not do in relation to child sexual abuse which have been brought to light in the press relating to the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and up until around 2005; in the event the Review finds such steps to be lacking the Review will look to extend its scope.
- Consider what lessons can be learned by the FA and/or the clubs arising out of the investigations that are taking place/have taken place.
- Make recommendations as appropriate”.
Anyone who was a victim of football child abuse should call the NSPCC helpline on 0800 023 2642 which is staffed by independent, experienced NSPCC professionals and available 24 hours a day, who will signpost people on to further support. If you feel you have been a victim of this scandal contact us today for a free confidential chat with one of our legal experts.
Football Association – Football Abuse – Clicking on this link below will take you to the FA’s website.
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We are a niche practice offering a specialist and broad experience in dealing with complex and demanding cases. When it comes to football child abuse claims our Solicitor Ronnie Hutcheon offers a greater insight that most lawyers due to the following experiences:
- A qualified and registered football agent/football intermediary.
- Specialist in personal injury and psychiatric harm compensation claims.
- Qualified with the Football Association – Football Badges (Level 2).
- Qualified with the Football Association – Youth Coaching Badges (Level 2).
- Masters Degree – Sports Law.
- Grass roots football coach
The experience gain in football means that we are placed in a privilege position to understand how football coaches who have abused young child footballers have used the system to perpetrate their crime.
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