The FA are finally set to publish their child sex abuse scandal report FOUR YEARS after its commission – but there are fears of a ‘whitewash’ and genuine concerns it has not gone far enough
- Independent review into child sexual abuse is set to be published on Wednesday
- There were clear links between those who carried out the abuse at multiple clubs
- However the report has not found evidence of a paedophile ring or a cover-up
- Manchester City, being sued by eight men, will publish a report on the same day
The FA will publish their long-awaited report into the child sexual abuse scandal on Wednesday — but there are already concerns that it has not gone far enough.
An independent review into whether there was a cover-up of what was a serious issue in English football between the 1970s and mid-2000s will be made public more than four years after it was commissioned.
However, it is understood many of the victims fear it will be something of a whitewash.
The FA will publish their report into child sex abuse – four years after it was commissioned
Sources have disclosed that the report has not found evidence of a paedophile ring within the game or a cover-up — despite clear links between those who carried out the abuse at multiple clubs.
However, the FA will be criticised for not doing more to investigate complaints and are expected to apologise.
It is also believed that the report has found no evidence that former Crewe manager Dario Gradi was complicit in the abuse carried out by predatory paedophile and former Crewe and Manchester City coach Barry Bennell.
It is believed that the report has found no evidence that the former Crewe manager Dario Gradi was complicit in abuse carried out by the ex-Crewe and Manchester City coach Barry Bennell
In a previous QC-led inquiry commissioned by Chelsea, Gradi, then assistant manager at the club, was found to have failed to report a complaint that ex-scout Eddie Heath had indecently assaulted a boy in the shower, subsequently going to visit the boy’s parents instead and potentially failing to stop Heath continuing his abuse in the years that followed.
The FA report, carried out by Clive Sheldon QC, has been eagerly awaited, not least for detail of Gradi’s involvement at Crewe, where jailed Bennell abused multiple young boys.
Manchester City will also publish the report on their own inquiry on Wednesday. The club have paid several million pounds to victims but are being sued by a further eight men.
Manchester City (above) are also set to publish the report of their own inquiry on Wednesday
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