Aston Villa and Leicester City have paid damages to five victims of a football scout convicted of child sex abuse, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. Both clubs reached an out of court settlement in January weeks before it was due to be heard in the High Court and expressed their “deepest sympathies” to the survivors.

Ted Langford worked as a part-time football scout in the Midlands in the 1970s and 1980s, identifying promising players for both Aston Villa and Leicester City and was jailed in 2007 for the sexual abuse of four other young boys between 1976 and 1989. He died in 2012.

Former professional footballer Tony Brien, who has waived his right to anonymity, says he was abused by Langford from the age 12 and said he felt let down neither club had accepted responsibility for the abuse or apologised to the young boys involved. It was Mr Brien’s interview on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme in 2017, in which he spoke of being abused while playing for a local youth team, that led four other former players to come forward alleging abuse while playing for youth teams linked to Leicester and Aston Villa.

Leicester City said in a statement it wished to express:

“its deepest sympathies with all victims of abuse and its admiration for those survivors who, in coming forward, have helped to reinforce the game’s modern safeguarding standards”

Aston Villa said in a statement it

“wishes to express its deepest sympathies with all those who have suffered abuse, and is appalled by any form of historic abuse.”


If you have been a victim of child abuse and would like to speak to one of our specialist abuse lawyers in confidence, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can advise you on the available options for pursuing a civil damages claim. Jordans successfully represent and secure compensation for numerous victims of abuse and are experts in overcoming the particular challenges that arise in these sensitive cases. Our abuse team can be contacted on 0800 9555 094 or 0330 300 1103.

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