FA appoints independent legal counsel to review child abuse claims

first_img1 The Football Association has appointed an independent legal counsel, Kate Gallafent QC, to assist its review into historical child abuse allegations.Gallafent will oversee the association’s internal review into claims of sexual abuse made by a growing number of former youth footballers.The FA suggested a fully-fledged inquiry may follow but the initial review would explore “what information the FA was aware of at the relevant times around the issues that have been raised in the press, what clubs were aware of, and what action was or should have been taken.”Gallafent will then provide recommendations “to ensure these situations can never be repeated”.The FA’s move came as Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Players’ Association, revealed the number of players making allegations of abuse is now more than 20.Barry Bennell, the former youth coach and convicted paedophile who has been named by players including Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, David White and Ian Ackley, worked with Crewe, Manchester City, Stoke and several junior clubs in the north-west.The Metropolitan Police, Hampshire Police and Cheshire police have said they are investigating allegations of abuse in the football community.Northumbria Police said it was investigating an allegation by an unnamed former Newcastle player that he was abused in the club’s youth system.The Guardian said an unnamed former Newcastle player had contacted police to make allegations against George Ormond, a coach in the north east who was jailed for six years in 2002 for carrying out numerous assaults across a 24-year period.Newcastle said they would co-operate with authorities ”if or when the club receives further information”. The FA’s move came as Gordon Taylor revealed the number of players making allegations of abuse is now over 20 last_img read more