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Chelsea apology over ex-chief scout Eddie Heath's 'unchallenged' sex abuse

By Dan Roan and Jack Skelton

BBC Sport

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Young Chelsea players were targeted for years by a "prolific and manipulative sexual abuser" who was able to operate "unchallenged", says a damning report.

Evidence from 23 witnesses details how ex-chief scout Eddie Heath, who died in 1983, groomed and abused young boys aged between 10 and 17 in the 1970s.

An external review said some adults at Chelsea must have been aware of Heath's abuse but "turned a blind eye".

In a statement, Chelsea's board apologised "unreservedly".

The report - led by barrister Charles Geekie QC - is also heavily critical of former assistant manager Dario Gradi, who is accused of failing to tell more senior club staff about an allegation regarding the sexual conduct of Heath, brought to him by the parent of a young player.

Gradi's alleged failure to report the claim "was a lost opportunity to expose Heath and prevent further abuse".

The BBC has approached 78-year-old Gradi for comment. In his evidence to the review, he denied trying to "smooth over" the matter in a meeting with the boy's father. He also said he reported the allegations to the club's assistant manager.

Meanwhile, a separate review into allegations of racial abuse from 1982 up until the late 1990s conducted by charity Barnado's concluded that "black players were subjected to a daily tirade of racial abuse".

 

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Chelsea's announcement was the headline item on the Beeb's 6pm news last night. It's terrible for Chelsea and they have apologised and not sought to deflect or deny or cover up anything - unlike a certain separate entity. However it's small beer compared to the scandal surrounding Celtic and one wonders if that will ever make the lead on any 6pm news from Aunite Beeb or whether they will just keep looking the other way and pretending that nothing is happening.

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If only they could apologise without admitting guilt then Celtic would have been wallowing in the shared victimhood of this tragedy. Celtic and its wider community must be the most sordid, squalid, contemptible infestation ever to poison a decent society.

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4 hours ago, Bill said:

If only they could apologise without admitting guilt then Celtic would have been wallowing in the shared victimhood of this tragedy. Celtic and its wider community must be the most sordid, squalid, contemptible infestation ever to poison a decent society.

I've said this before, cant remember where, maybe earlier in this thread. The Rotherham enquiry strongly condemns the environment that enabled and allowed the abuse to continue.

 

This truth being pointed out in a public enquiry is just one of the hundreds of reasons that many do not want one.

 

When football tribalism, is compounded by political and religious tribalism (from a religion with stake in this game) then the result is toxic. And dangerous. 

 

 

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