English FA investigating if clubs paid off sex abuse victims
English soccer authorities are investigating whether clubs paid off victims of sexual abuse in return for their silence.
English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said yesterday the body will take action against any club found guilty of “hushing up” victims of a growing scandal in British soccer.
“There has to be a situation,” Glenn said, “where if there are restrictive contracts through employment law which prevent people from speaking out about a crime - and we are talking about crimes here - then it must be dealt with.”
The FA has started an internal review to re-examine its response to convictions of soccer coaches in the 1990s, after former professional at the highest level because in international and top European football in this day and age, the physical preparation is key. So there is an opportunity to discuss it with the players and see what they want to do.”
Southgate said Rooney will remain as England’s captain even though the Manchester United forward started only two of the four games during Southgate’s spell as interim coach.
“It’s obviously not a case that Wayne expects to play every game,” Southgate said. “It’s important for me that we develop more players went public over the last two weeks about the ordeals they went through as youngsters. The governing body is also funding and supporting a hotline, set up by a children’s charity in response to sex abuse claims, that has taken more than 860 calls in its first week.
“If the FA has made errors, we will own up to them,” Glenn said, “as must the rest of football if avoidable errors have been made.”
Asked if there had been a coverup within the English game regarding child abuse cases, Glenn said: “I doubt it.”
Fifteen police forces are investigating allegations of child sex abuse in soccer, while Chelsea also opened an investigation into an employee from the 1970s who is now dead.