I don’t be­lieve of­fi­cials were un­aware of abuse

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

A man who says he was a vic­tim of abuse at the SFA wel­comed the part­ner­ship, but in­sists it comes too late.

The man, who works in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, said: “I very much hope that this af­fil­i­a­tion with the char­ity is more than a face-sav­ing ex­er­cise for the SFA.

“Sex­ual abuse and bul­ly­ing went on for gen­er­a­tions un­der their watch, and I per­son­ally do not be­lieve of­fi­cials were un­aware.

“The SFA is only do­ing some­thing now, the least pos­si­ble thing they can do, be­cause their fail­ure to pro­tect chil­dren in their care has been ex­posed.”

The man, 56, the third to raise a civil ac­tion against the SFA af­ter claim­ing he was abused in 1979 by of­fi­cial Hugh Steven­son while train­ing to be a ref­eree, said he feels “be­trayed”.

He added: “The dis­mis­sive way we’ve all been treated re­veals a lot more about their true at­ti­tude to abuse than this self-serv­ing move, de­signed to make them look as if they care.”

Steven­son, a former coach and SFA as­sis­tant ref, who died in 2004, has been ac­cused of a cat­a­logue of child sex of­fences from years spent coach­ing hun­dreds of youths in Glas­gow and Ren­frew­shire.

Former SFA as­sis­tant ref­eree Hugh Steven­son has been ac­cused of child sex of­fences

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