Newcastle Issue Statement On Potential Abuse

The Guardian newspaper issued a report yesterday on the potential sexual abuse of young players in football and it was alleged a former player for Newcastle United has made comments about child abuse in football.

The abuse is alleged to have been associated with a coach who once worked at Newcastle – probably as a Youth team coach.

The story has just come out and Newcastle United have issued a statement about the matter, although it has taken everybody by surprise.


Earlier this week England captain Wayne Rooney encouraged people who have been abused to come forward following Andy Woodward’s revelation of the sexual abuse he suffered in the 1980s from coach Barry Bennell while he was at Crewe Alexandra.

Bennell was later convicted as a paedophile.

So there is growing evidence of potential widespread abuse in football of younger players.

This is the statement issued by Newcastle United this morning.

At this time, the only information we have is that which appeared in the Guardian newspaper.

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

The club would encourage anyone with information about possible child abuse in our game to report their concerns to the police, the football authorities or the NSPCC.

The FA has commissioned in conjunction with the NSPCC a specific help line for individuals who wish to come forward with further information.

The number is 0800 023 2642.

2 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 25, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Suppose it was only a matter of time before this happened. Anywhere there is young people, sicko ‘s gravitate towards them. Take up jobs in schools, scouts, football clubs, drama groups etc. Just so they get access to them. Weed them out and throw the book at them.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 25, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Better move on quick with the next thread Ed, this one ain’t nice. Anyway, got to go for another mri scan this afternoon so I’ll leave you with it. Good game tonight on sky btw, a chance to watch young Arma playing for Barnsley and hopefully adding to his total. They quickly went off the boil after a great start, but we’re expected to struggle so it’s no great surprise. Be nice to see him though. 🙂


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