Sport, abuse and some recommendations

As football clubs across the UK face looking in to past behaviours and failures the Royal Commission has today published its report in to case study 39 which considered incidents of sexual abuse in football, tennis and cricket.

Football clubs across England and Scotland have been in the headlines not just in the sports sections of the press for the past few days. However abuse in sport has sadly but not unexpectedly just been in football. Just this week as a result of all of the publicity other sportsmen and women have spoken out about being abused.

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Scottish football

Pressure is building in Scotland on the national football organisation, the SFA, to investigate non-recent abuse. Speaking on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio programme on 28 November, Gordon Smith, SFA chief executive from 2007 until 2010, said: “I think they [the SFA] just need to announce that they are doing a full investigation into it … and if there are any cases that do come up then we need to make sure that these will be dealt with, and the players who have been involved – the ones who have actually been abused – will receive help and counselling. We’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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