Andy Woodward’s harrowing account of the sexual abuse he suffered from the football coach Barry Bennell in the 1980s has led to six people coming forward to the police and the Football Association setting up a helpline for potential victims.
Following up on something we linked to earlier this week.
Unsurprisingly, once one former player came forward, others have become emboldened to do the same with their own story of abuse as youth team players at Crewe. Youth sports, especially at the elite level, is a place where coaches have a ton of power over young people, and their futures. In the UK, there’s nothing more elite than being in a youth football academy, but that’s no excuse to not have things in place to protect children. Hopefully, this can lead to some real change.