Ex-chief scout Eddie Heath a “prolific and manipulative sexual abuser” was employed by Chelsea from 1968 until he was sacked in 1979 and targeted young Chelsea players for years and was able to operate “unchallenged”, says a damning report.
Evidence from 23 witnesses details how Heath, who died in 1983, groomed and abused young boys aged between 10 and 17 in the 1970s, 15 of those witnesses reported “serious and unambiguous sexual assaults” including rape of a boy and as far as the review was able to establish Health was never investigated nor charged with any offences before his death.
The reports details how most of the witnesses recalled Heath being “inappropriate” and using “sexual innuendo” in the changing room, but that he “took care that his most serious sexual assaults took place in private” and how that the abuse can still affect their “day-to-day” lives and many stopped playing football as a result.
In a statement, Chelsea’s board apologised “unreservedly” and is committed to assessing compensation claims for victims.
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