SFA meets abuse victims
THE Scottish Football Association has met victims of sexual abuse in the sport to offer support and set out the terms of an independent review of historic incidents.
The sport has been rocked by claims from former players across the UK that they were abused by people in positions of authority and Police Scotland is investigating more than 100 reports of child sexual abuse in football.
A number of clubs have started internal investigations, while the SFA is setting up an independent review into allegations following political pressure. The governing body is recruiting an independent chair to lead the review and hopes to make an appointment by February, but the SFA’s child wellbeing and protection manager Donna Martin has already convened meetings with survivors of child sexual abuse. The meetings were described as “an open forum”.
Ms Martin said: “The ongoing dialogue we have had with survivors has contributed significantly to defining the terms of reference for the independent review.”