Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chelsea begin investigation into historical sex abuse allegations

Chelsea have begun an investigation into allegations of
historical sexual abuse concerning an individual who was
employed by the club in the 1970s.

The Premier League club says the former employee in question
is dead.

The club says it will provide "all possible assistance" to the
Football Association (FA), which is conducting its own
investigation into the issue.

This  will include providing the FA with "any relevant
information arising from the club's investigation", it said.

It comes after more than 20 ex-footballers have made
allegations of child sex abuse, with several police
investigations also under way.

Police have received more than 250 calls relating to
allegations of abuse, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley told the
Commons on Tuesday.

In addition, a hotline set up last week by children's welfare
charity the NSPCC received more than 50 calls in its first two

Earlier on Tuesday, FA chairman Greg Clarke said the sport's
child sex abuse scandal is one of the biggest crises in the
history of the organisation.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has written to more
than 40 sporting governing bodies asking them to look into
whether there are any historical allegations of abuse "that
would merit investigation or reinvestigation".

She also urged them to make sure their child protection
protocols are "as robust as possible".

Source : BBC

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