New abuse claims add to game’s shame

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Lon­don

A for­mer New­cas­tle United player has added his name to a grow­ing list of ex-play­ers who say they were vic­tims of sex­ual abuse dur­ing their time in English soc­cer.

David Ea­tock broke his si­lence on Wed­nes­day as it emerged that more than a quar­ter of the UK’s re­gional po­lice forces are look­ing into al­le­ga­tions of his­toric child sex abuse within the game.

Ea­tock, signed by New­cas­tle when Kevin Kee­gan was man­ager of the Ty­ne­side club in the mid 1990s, said he was older than the ma­jor­ity of vic­tims who have come for­ward.

The scan­dal has en­gulfed Bri­tish soc­cer for the past two weeks since for­mer Crewe Alexandra player Andy Wood­ward re­vealed he was abused by con­victed child mo­lester Barry Ben­nell in the 1980s.

The now 40-year-old Ea­tock said he had been a victim of for­mer youth coach Ge­orge Or­mond, who was sen­tenced to six years in 2002 for a string of of­fenses com­mit­ted over al­most 25 years.

“One of the more dif­fi­cult parts for me is that I wasn’t as young as some of the oth­ers,” Ea­tock told The Guardian.

“I was 18 when I got to know Ge­orge Or­mond. I can still re­mem­ber the look on his face, how ter­ri­fy­ing it was, and how his eyes were pos­sessed.”

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