Football sex abuse scandal came from 'a culture of turning away', says sports writer

Football sex abuse scandal came from 'a culture of turning away', says sports writer

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Monday, November 28, 2016

A leading sports reporter has claimed the sex abuse scandal was spawed from "a culture of turning away".

There are as many as seven clubs involved in the deepening scandal, which erupted when former player Andy Woodward said he had been sexually abused as a teenager.

More than 20 former players have now come forward with claims they were abused in the early stages of their careers. 

The Football Association has appointed Kate Gallafent QC to assist its review of the allegations as the scandal grows. 

Matt Dickinson, chief sports writer at the Times, told  the FA and media have previously seemed to be mired in a "culture of turning away or hoping it goes away".

Dickinson added that "sport had minimal child protection rules until the turn of the millenium, when people starting waking up more and trying to drive it out."

Listen to the full interview above