The inquiry into child sex abuse in football was commissioned in December 2016 by the Football Association after receiving allegations of abuse by former players.
The inquiry is asking anyone involved in football about the way football clubs have dealt with any concerns over child sexual abuse which have been raised with them, between the period of 1970 to 2005.
It is being led by Barrister Clive Sheldon QC. In January 2017 he wrote to every club in England and Wales requesting information about historical child sex abuse. The deadline for the clubs’ response was the 15th March 2017.
Eight football clubs missed the deadline and although have now responded may face sanctions. The English Football League (EFL) has stated that, “it is satisfied that its clubs were not seeking to obstruct the process but acknowledges that the failure to respond within the given time frames created unnecessary speculation and was unhelpful. All 72 clubs will once again be reminded that the EFL expects their full co-operation with the review.”
The Police investigation into sexual abuse in football continues with former coach, George Ormond of Newcastle United’s youth club, facing charges of 29 counts of child sexual abuse allegedly involving young male footballers in the North East over a 25 year period.
Ormond who is 61 years old was the coach at the Montagu and North Fenham boys’ club which fed players to Newcastle is facing allegations from 17 complainants. He has also been charged with one count of indecency with a child and another of buggery. The alleged offences took place between 1973 and 1998.
In April 2017 the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) were contacted by Northumbria police relating to allegations of non-recent sexual abuse. The CPS confirmed that, “Following consideration of the file, charges have been authorised against former football coach George Ormond in relation to 29 counts.”
Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best said: “We have had a dedicated team investigating allegations of non-recent child abuse within the sporting community since December last year. Our specially trained officers have been supporting those who have taken the hugely brave step of speaking to us. Our investigations are continuing and we urge anyone who may have been a victim of abuse or has any information about suspected abuse within any sporting community to come forward and report it to us.”
Ormond is due to appear at Newcastle’s Magistrates Court on the 9th June 2017 for an initial hearing.
Jordans successfully represents and obtains compensation for clients who have suffered abuse whilst participating in sporting clubs and organisations. We would urge anyone affected to contact the Police and report their allegations. We would encourage anyone who would like help in pursuing a civil claim to contact us.