Four London EPL clubs embroiled in over 100 sex abuse cases


Former footballers and victims of abuse (L-R) Mark Williams, Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and Jason ...
Former footballers and victims of abuse (L-R) Mark Williams, Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and Jason Dunford stand before a press conference at the launch of The Offside Trust in Manchester on December 5, 2016. The Offside Trust was launched to help victims of abuse and has been created by Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and Chris Unsworth, who were all the victims of historic child abuse. PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS / AFP

 

There have been 106 allegations of sex abuse connected with people at 30 London clubs including four Premier League sides, police said.

These allegations — which stem from just one of the 21 investigations being conducted by British regional police forces — have come to light since last Thursday when London’s police force the Metropolitan Police announced the launch of their enquiry.

Aside from the four unnamed London Premier League clubs — the Met would not reveal who they were — there are two Championship sides and three from League One and Two.

The rest are non-league, amateur or non-professional clubs according to the Met.

“The Met take all allegations seriously, and specialist officers will work through the information passed to them,” said Detective Chief Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet of the Sexual Offence, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

“The number of referrals, pieces of information and allegations will change. Officers will continue to work through the information that has been reported.

“The Met will not be giving a commentary as this investigation develops and is not discussing the names of the clubs involved, or number of allegations against each club.”

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