MAGPIES CAUGHT UP IN ABUSE SCANDAL
NEWCASTLE United have become one of the latest clubs embroiled in the child sexual abuse scandal that has rocked football.
Last week, League Two outfit Crewe Alexandra announced they would launch an independent review of the way they had dealt with historical child abuse allegations.
It followed a series of allegations against former Crewe youth team coach Barry Bennell, 62, who has served three sentences for child sex offences.
In the wake of the revelations, a special helpline was set up by the NSPCC for people who wanted to talk about sexual abuse at football clubs. In its first week, it received a staggering 860 calls.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council said 55 amateur and professional clubs had been linked to police investigations in 17 areas.
Ex-Newcastle player Derek Bell has revealed he wanted to kill the coach who sexually abused him during the 1970s.
He was groomed and abused by George Ormond between the ages of 12 and 16 while playing for the Montagu and North Fenham boys football club.
Ormond, 60, was later jailed for six years for sexually assaulting young boys.
And another former Newcastle footballer has alleged abuse by coach Ormond left him a “shell” of his former self.
David Eatock, now 40, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show he had been groomed by Ormond from the age of 18 to 21.
He was not part of the court case that saw Ormond convicted in 2002 for assaulting seven boys, but has now filed a complaint to the police.
Newcastle have said they would “cooperate fully with the police and relevant authorities”.
Premier League clubs have also become caught up in the controversy.
Former Chelsea footballer Gary Johnson claims the club paid him £50,000 to keep quiet about allegations of sexual abuse by former chief scout Eddie Heath, who is now dead, in the 1970s.
Ex-Southampton players Dean Radford and Jamie Webb – plus two others – have alleged they were subjected to grooming and sexual abuse by a former Southampton FC employee.
The NSPCC helpline is available on 0800 023 2642.