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UPDATE: Non-recent sexual abuse in football clubs

News   •   Dec 13, 2016 17:05 GMT

On Thursday, 8 December, the Metropolitan Police Service confirmed it had launched an investigation into allegations of non-recent sexual abuse at football clubs in London.

The investigative team, with officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, have received 106 separate allegations to date.

The allegations are connected with individuals at 30 named clubs or teams in London.

The break down for those clubs is:

- Four in the Premiership;
- Two against Championship clubs;
- Three against clubs in Leagues One and Two; and
- There have also been 21 other named clubs which would include non-league or non-professional or amateur teams.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet of the Sexual Offence, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: "The Met take all allegations seriously, and specialist officers will work through the information passed to them.

"The number of referrals, pieces of information and allegations will change. Officers will continue to work through the information that has been reported.

"Anyone who has been the victim of sexual assault should contact their local force, or call the NSPCC help line on 0800 023 2642."

The Met will not be giving a commentary as this investigation develops and is not discussing the names of the clubs involved, or number of allegations against each club.