Bob Higgins today faces charges of child sexual abuse at the Salisbury Crown Court. The trial is expected to last 8 weeks.
Higgins 64 has denied charges of indecent assault against 24 boys between 1970 and 1996. It is alleged that he committed 64 acts of indecent assault and 2 acts of attempted indecent assault. The assaults are alleged to have “predominantly taken place within the football community.”
Higgins was a coach for the Southampton Junior Team and worked as a youth manager for Peterborough’s United Youth Team from May 1995 to April 1996. He also had his own soccer school.
Southampton Football Club has confirmed that it has fully cooperated with Hampshire Police’s investigation and made the following statement in December 2017:
“Hampshire Police and Southampton Football Club are committed to working together to investigate any historical allegations that may be brought to light in the Hampshire area. The club has informed Hampshire Police that we will offer our full support to any investigation they undertake, for as long as it takes and with our full focus.
“The club works closely and tirelessly with the Premier League to promote the safeguarding of children and young people who are under our care or using our facilities and their well being is paramount to all staff.”
Jordans Solicitors represent victims who have suffered abuse whilst participating in sporting activities and are representing victims of abuse by Bob Higgins. Where a person abuses their position of trust and commits an act of assault, a claim may be possible. We would encourage anyone affected to report their allegations to the Police and contact Jordans to pursue a civil claim free on 033 0300 1103.