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Sexual abuse in football - Your right to compensation

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Sexual abuse in football

Former footballers have made revelations that have shaken the sporting world with shocking reports of widespread sexual abuse involving young apsiring players and their coaches at top level teams in England.


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Players who have been subjected to abuse committed by the employees or associates of professional football clubs, may be entitled to compensation. This could include compensation for substantial lost earnings if it can be shown that a prospective career was blighted by sexual abuse whilst under the care of a football club.

Hundreds of former players have come forward to speak about their experiences. A number of high profile clubs have been implicated most recently Aston Villa. Many players who have come forward were allegedly sexually abused by a handful of individuals including (and we stress these are allegations yet to be heard in court) former Crewe Alexandra FC youth team coach Barry Bennell.

The abuse story broke late November 2016 with a former player speaking out regarding Bennells actions, this led to a number of other players coming forward to speak about their experiences not just allegedly with Bennell but with other coaches at top flight clubs.

A convicted paedophile, Bennell is currently in the middle of a police investigation following the complaints made against him.

Of wider concern is that this may be the tip of the iceberg as far as abuse in football is concerned. More ex-players are expected to come forward in the coming days. A number of clubs have started internal investigations thought to include: Southampton, Newcastle United and Manchester City.

The NSPCC charity have set up an advice helpline for footballers who have been affected by sexual abuse. The service took 50 calls after going live in November 2016.


You may wish to calculate your potential sexual abuse compensation award to have an understanding of your entitlement.

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Published: 30 January 2017
Updated: 25 February 2017