Former England player abused

Posted December 09, 2016

Acting Detective Sergeant Ben Hilton, of Cheshire Police public protection unit, said: "As of Monday 21 November we have been made aware of six other people who have come forward wishing to speak to the police".

NUFC has now released a statement on the allegations.

"Clearly Newcastle United will co-operate fully with the police and relevant authorities and provide every assistance we can if or when the club receives further information".

The Metropolitan Police said it is investigating allegations of historic sexual abuse at football clubs in London. It is available 24 hours a day and cant be reached on 0800 023 2642. "We are working closely with, and supporting the victim and enquiries are ongoing".

The former England worldwide released a statement saying, "Given recent press stories I wish to confirm that I was sexually abused by my former football coach Barry Bennell in the late 1970s and early 1980s - this abuse took place while I was attached to the Whitehill FC Junior team based in Manchester". Any form of abuse has no place in football or society.

Former Tottenham and England midfielder Paul Stewart told Sky News he was convinced he had to put up with sexual abuse as a young boy if he wanted to achieve his dream of becoming a pro.

Bennell, who worked for Crewe, Manchester City, Stoke and several junior teams in north-west England and the midlands, was given a four-year sentence for raping a British boy on a football tour of Florida in 1994 and then a nine-year sentence in 1998 for 23 offences against six boys in England.

Steve Walters joined Crewe's youth set-up when Bennell spotted him as a 12-year-old.

White, 49, told the BBC he was sexually abused by Bennell in the late 70s and early 80s while playing for Whitehill FC Junior team in Manchester.

The former Manchester City and Crewe youth player, now 44, said: "I had never, ever told anyone until that moment".

"I salute Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and Paul Stewart for waiving anonymity in order to reveal their personal tragedies".

Former English soccer players who were subjected to years of sexual abuse by youth team coaches entrusted with their care are breaking cover to expose the game's dark secrets.

He said the sport could face allegations on the scale of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

"When you're young and you want to become a footballer, which is all I ever wanted to do, and you are told that these are the things you need to do, and that if you say anything (the abuser) will kill your parents and your two brothers, then it's very hard not to believe at that age that that will be carried through".

After his death, former DJ and television presenter Savile was found to be one of the UK's most prolific sexual predators.

"We're victims of a terrible, horrendous thing that happened in the early 80s and 90s", Woodward said after leaving a meeting with the English Football Association on Thursday.

Crewe subsequently responded to say: "There is no press conference or any comment other than the statements made by club chairman John Bowler and Dario Gradi".

He said: "He had me and two others over to stay the night before a game, and we all stayed in the same bed".

Former England and Manchester City forward David White has become the fourth retired footballer in a week to say he was sexually abused at the start of his career. We will listen, take the allegations seriously and a thorough investigation will be launched no matter how long ago the abuse may have taken place.