Greater Manchester Police opens investigation into allegations of historical sex abuse in football

Greater Manchester Police opens investigation into allegations of historical sex abuse in football

A new police force has opened a probe into historical sex abuse claims in football

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has launched a probe into allegations of historical child sex abuse in youth football.

Recent media reports have prompted more people to come forward with abuse claims. GMP has now become the fifth police force to investigate the growing scandal, following Hampshire, Cheshire, Northumbria, and Metropolitan Police forces. 

The Football Association has also launched an inquiry into the claims, hiring Kate Gallafent QC to conduct a review into alleged historical child sex abuse from the 1970s.

Damian Collins MP, chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, accused the FA of being slow in responding to the claims, and the organisation is now facing mounting pressure to expand the scope of its review.

The inquiries began after an ex-player - Andy Woodward - spoke out how convicted paedophile Barry Bennell had allegedly abused him. Now, more than 20 former players have come forward, with as many as seven clubs involved in the scandal. 

Yesterday saw more people come forward with allegations - including David Lean, a former Preston North End reserve team player.

Lean told Sky News he'd warned the Crown Prosecution Service there could have been "hundreds" of victims. 

Bennell, a former Crewe Alexandra coach, was taken to hospital on Friday after being found unconscious, in what was deemed by Thames Valley Police to be a "fear for welfare" incident.