The football Association of England (FA) has started an independent investigation in the allegations of sexual abuse of children by coaches of adolescent teams, reports Sky Sports.
The investigation was launched after more than “20 victims have contacted the Professional football Association (PFA), alleging that they were subjected to sexual harassment” by their coaches. The head of the PFA Gordon Taylor has suggested that this problem has “national coverage”.
According to him, the players argue that abuse of children was happening in the clubs of Blackpool, Manchester city, Stoke city, “Leeds United” “Newcastle UTD”.
“FA instructed independent counsel Kate Gallafent to assist in the consideration of the cases of abuse that have received publicity in recent times. FA has already started an internal audit, which Mrs. Gallafent will be responsible in focusing on the victims and providing full assistance to the investigation,” – said in a statement, the English Football Association.
London police and law enforcement agencies in the counties of Hampshire, Northumberland and Cheshire also announced the beginning of the investigation.
Scandal in English football broke out after the former footballer 43-year-old Andy Woodwards in an interview with broadcasting Corporation bi-Bi-si stated that he had been sexually abused by a children’s coach “Crewe Alexandra” Barry Benalla. Later it became known that the actions of the coach is a pedophile also injured Chris Unsworth, Jason Dunford, Steve Walters and David white.
Benell, who is now 62 years old, was thrice convicted of sexual abuse of children since 1994 after a total of 15 years behind bars in the prisons of the UK and the USA. Now he has no right to engage in football activities and lives in the English town of Milton Keynes to the North-West of London, notes TASS.