The English Football Association has done too little to prevent child abuse in English football.
This was the result of an independent study, the results of which were published on Wednesday. The FA did not take the protection of children seriously for a long time and acted far too slowly, according to the 700-page report. “These are significant institutional flaws for which there is no excuse.”
After several perpetrators were convicted in 1995, the association only introduced measures to protect children in football clubs with a five-year delay. “Child protection has not been seen as an urgent priority in the FA,” wrote Clive Sheldon, the report’s author. On top of that, the association put children at risk because it failed to ban well-known serial offenders from football forever. However, according to Sheldon, there was no evidence of an alleged conspiracy or cover-up by the FA.
Apparently cases at ManCity & Southampton
The FA itself commissioned the investigation in 2016 after numerous former abuse victims went public with their allegations. Clubs alleged to have been abused between 1970 and 2005 include Manchester City, Southampton, Stoke City and Crewe Alexandra, a club known for its youth development.
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