Pae­dophile well known, says ex-Chelsea star

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Ex-Chelsea foot­ball star Alan Hud­son said it was “com­mon knowl­edge” that a for­mer scout at the club was a pae­dophile, me­dia re­ported yes­ter­day as an abuse scan­dal en­gulf­ing the sport deep­ens.

His com­ments come af­ter an­other for­mer Chelsea player, Gary John­son, claimed he was paid £50,000 ($63,000) by the Premier League club not to go pub­lic with al­le­ga­tions that he was sex­u­ally abused as a young player by ex-chief scout Ed­die Heath. Around 350 peo­ple have told Bri­tish po­lice they were vic­tims of abuse by foot­ball coaches in a mount­ing scan­dal that has rocked the sport. “It was com­mon knowl­edge that Ed­die Heath was a nonce,” slang for pae­dophile, Hud­son wrote in a post on Face­book, cited by Bri­tish tabloid news­pa­pers. “I was around and it was com­mon knowl­edge that Mr Heath was a dan­ger to us young­sters, but luck­ily for me, he never came near me, al­most as if I had a sixth sense.” Lon­don club Chelsea said a lawyer was as­sist­ing them with their in­quiries into Heath’s be­hav­iour, adding: “The club has also con­tacted the FA to en­sure that all pos­si­ble as­sis­tance is pro­vided as part of their wider in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Heath worked as a youth tal­ent scout for the club in the 1960s and 70s but is now dead. Play­ers from other Lon­don clubs he worked for, Ley­ton Ori­ent and Charl­ton, have also come for­ward about his preda­tory be­hav­iour.

Jimmy Scott, for­mer skip­per of Ori­ent where Heath worked dur­ing the 1950’s and 60’s, said he had re­torted he would punch him when he was propo­si­tioned whilst a for­mer trainee from Charl­ton, where he worked in the early 1980’s, claimed in ‘The Times’ he had ‘touched up’ two of his team-mates.

For­mer Sports Min­is­ter Gerry Sutcliffe said he didn’t be­lieve the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (FA) were in a good po­si­tion to in­ves­ti­gate how their pre­de­ces­sors had dealt with the mat­ter. Sutcliffe, sports min­is­ter in the Labour Gov­ern­ment from 2007 and 2010, said there was con­cern dur­ing his ten­ure about how the FA dealt with gov­er­nance of the sport and with youth devel­op­ment. The 63-year-old said it would be prefer­able if an in­de­pen­dent body, such as the De­part­ment for Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport looked at the is­sue rather than the FA in­ves­ti­gat­ing it­self.—AFP

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