Monday, January 30, 2017

All FIVE London Premier League clubs are caught up in historic child abuse allegations

All FIVE London Premier League clubs are caught up in historic child abuse allegations
    Police today said they are now investigating 255 allegations involving 77 clubs
    Five teams in the Premier League are involved, as well as three in Championship
    Scandal came to light when ex-Crewe Alexandra player opened up on the abuse....
  By James Dunn For Mailonline 30 January 2017

All five of London's Premier League clubs and three teams in the Championship are now caught up in hundreds of historic sexual abuse claims.

In what is quickly becoming the biggest scandal in the history of British football, 77 clubs from the top flight to non-league are now being investigated by police.

There have now been 255 allegations made since former Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward lifted the lid on the murky world of abuse in football by opening up about being abused by ex-coach Barry Bennell.

It is understood that Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham and Crystal Palace are being investigated by the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: 'The allegations are connected with individuals at 77 named clubs or teams.

'The breakdown for those clubs is five in the Premiership, three against Championship clubs, three against clubs in Leagues One and Two and there have also been 66 other named clubs which would include non-league or non-professional or amateur teams.'Earlier this month, the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), which is co-ordinating the nationwide police investigation Operation Hydrant, said more than 500 complainants and 184 potential suspects had been identified.

The inquiry involves up to 248 football clubs, spanning all tiers of the game from the Premier League down to amateur level.

Latest figures show the total number of potential victims standing at 526, with 97 per cent identified as male. Their ages span from 20 to four....

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