I don’t believe officials were unaware of abuse
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