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English football: Sexual abuse by coaches “was covered up” — Accusations rock the sport

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© AFP/File / by Pirate Irwin | Greg Clarke, the recently elected chairman of the FA, does not believe there has been a cover-up but has conceded that a blind eye might have been turned to the stories of abuse in junior football

LONDON (AFP) – Accusations that abuse by coaches was covered up have rocked English football, damaging the multi-billion pound sport’s image and earning it comparisons with scandals in the Catholic Church and the BBC.

Over 20 victims have come forward since the floodgates were opened when Andy Woodward spoke out to The Guardian and there is growing incredulity that English football’s governing body the Football Association (FA) was unaware of the rumours and claims the abuse was going on.

British lawmaker Damian Collins, chairman of the influential Culture Media and Sports Parliamentary Committee, told AFP that there was a culture of avoiding the problem at the FA…

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