Sexual abuse in football – an update

In August 2018, former Celtic football club youth coach and kit man, Jim McCafferty, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison after admitting eight counts of sexual assault. These offences took place between December 2012 and December 2015 and his victim was aged between 14 and 16.

McCafferty has this week been given a further jail sentence of six years and nine months after admitting 12 charges relating to child sex abuse against 10 teenage boys between 1972 and 1996.  Most of his victims, some of whom became professional footballers, played for youth teams that he ran in North Lanarkshire.  McCafferty spent time at Celtic in the 1990s and worked for Celtic Boys Club.  He also worked as a kit man for Hibernian and Falkirk.  The incidents were said to have taken place in locations across Scotland including team showers, hotel rooms and minibuses.

McCafferty is the fourth man connected to either Celtic or Celtic Boys Club to be found guilty of historical child sex abuse in the past year. Celtic Boys Club founder Jim Tobett was jailed for six years for sexually abusing three boys over eight years. Former chairman, Gerald King, was given a three-year probation order for sexually abusing four boys and a girl in the 1980s and former manager Frank Cairney, was jailed for four years after being convicted of nine charges of sexually abusing young footballers.

It is also alleged that McCafferty may have taken boys to meet Barry Bennell, the former Crewe Alexandra youth coach who is presently serving 30 years in prison as a result of his multiple convictions for sexual offences.

In other news related to Crewe, the Club has announced that they have sacked their academy coach and former head of its foundation Carl Everall, having terminated his contract in February.  Everall, who had been a coach with Crewe’s academy since 2013 was suspended in October 2018 due to a ‘safeguarding issue’ and has now pleaded guilty in respect of charges of engaging in sexual communications with a child.  He has received a three-year community order with a 35-day rehabilitation activity requirement, been ordered to attend a sex offenders’ treatment programme and also been told to sign the sex offenders register for five years. This follows the recent publicity for Crewe in connection with the handling of the civil claims being pursued following abuse by former coach Barry Bennell.

Milton_David_web Written by David Milton at BLM

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