Abuse in sport – a further update

Last year, Bob Higgins, a former youth football coach was found guilty of one count of indecent assault against a trainee and found not guilty of another similar offence.  The jury was unable to reach verdicts on 48 other counts of indecent assault and the matter was sent for a retrial.

Higgins has now been found guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault, mostly involving trainees at Southampton and Peterborough United between 1971 and 1996.  He was cleared of five counts of similar offences and the jury failed to reach a decision on a further count.

He has yet to be sentenced.

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FA Inquiry – an update

The independent Inquiry commissioned by the Football Association to investigate child sex abuse in football between 1970 and 2005 has this week advised that it will delay its findings.  The inquiry was due to publish its final report towards the end of this year.  Continue reading

Football – an update

It has been reported in the press that the Football Association’s independent Inquiry into historical allegations of sexual abuse has found no evidence of organised institutional abuse or a cover-up.  The Inquiry, headed by Clive Sheldon QC, was launched in December 2016, following numerous high profile allegations of sexual abuse, and the final report is expected to be delivered to the Football Association in September 2018.  It is understood that the Inquiry team has to date interviewed 35 survivors of abuse and another 70 people who were involved in the sport at the relevant time.  It is also understood that the Inquiry team has had access to around 13,000 documents. The final report is still expected to be critical and to find failings by both individuals and football clubs themselves.  The Inquiry team is now writing to a number of institutions and individuals to give them advance warning of the contents of the final report so that they may have the opportunity to respond prior to the report being finalised. Continue reading