A series of revelations of historical child sex abuse in football has shocked the nation. And today, it has been reported that the Duke of Cambridge is hugely concerned by the unfolding scandal in the sport.
According to the Sunday Times, Prince William, who is the President of the Football Association, has received a briefing on the developments. He has also reportedly asked to be kept updated on a regular basis.
A source told the newspaper, ‘’The duke is going to be keeping in close contact with the FA.
“His focus as president is on how they are handling the issues in front of them and he has asked to be kept regularly updated.”
The prince’s reaction comes as more players come forward to report abuse by paedophile coaches across league divisions over three decades. Police said that over 350 potential victims have reported sexual assault cases, including more than 20 former players.
On Saturday, Chelsea Football Club ‘’apologised profusely’’ to a former striker, Gary Johnson, who was paid £50,000 to remain silent after suffering as a youth team player at the club.
Prince William, a self-proclaimed Aston Villa fan, celebrated 10 years at the top of the FA. In a speech delivered to mark the anniversary back in April, he warned that the FA’s governance structure was in need of reform.
“Our governance structure is in danger of falling short of modern standards of best practice,” the prince said.
“As the country’s national sport, we ought to be leading the way.
“There is a wind of change blowing through global sporting governance and we need to ensure we do not get left behind.’’
The shocking disclosures started when former Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward spoke out about being sexually abused by convicted paedophile coach Barry Bennell while at the club.
The FA said failure to respond at the time was appalling and called for investigation into these ‘’heinous crimes.’’