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British soccer clubs face nearly 350 child sexual abuse allegations

  • According to the Washington Post, investigations into British soccer clubs have turned up roughly 350 claims of sexual abuse so far.
  • The claims involving multiple coaches across organizations, sparking the British Football Association to launch its own probe into the epidemic.
  • The investigation came after former professional British soccer player Andy Woodward spoke publicly about his experience with sexual abuse at the hands of Crewe Alexandra Football Club coach Barry Bennell.
  • “My life has been ruined until the age of 43,” Woodward said “But how many others are there? I’m talking about hundreds of children who Barry Bennell cherry-picked for various football teams and who now, as adults, might still be living with that awful fear.” Read more