Abuse within football in Scotland – an update

An independent review into the abuse of children within Scottish football was announced by the Scottish Football Association (the SFA) in 2016, and an interim report was published in 2018 which reported that the safety and wellbeing of children needed to be prioritised at every level of the sport.

It is now understood that the final report, which is not expected to be published until next year, will call on clubs to accept responsibility for the abuse suffered by some children in the past. It is understood that Celtic, Rangers, Motherwell and Hibernian are among the clubs involved.  It is also reported that the clubs involved will be called upon to offer genuine and sincere apologies to the survivors of the abuse.  Solicitors acting for survivors are also pressing for the clubs to offer compensation, following the example set in England by Manchester City.

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