SFA meets abuse vic­tims

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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.”

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