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FA to investigate child sex abuse allegations up to 2005

Clive Sheldon QC has been appointed to replace Kate Gallafent in leading the investigation.

The English FA today released their full terms of reference.
The English FA today released their full terms of reference.
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THE ENGLISH FA has today announced the full terms of reference for its review of child sexual abuse in football and will investigate incidents relating to the 1970s up until “around 2005″.

Due to the increased scope of the review, the FA has also announced the review will now be led by Clive Sheldon instead of Kate Gallafent.

The FA initially appointed Gallafent  to oversee an internal review into allegations of sex abuse by former players and coaches but, with fresh claims brought to light daily, she has been replaced “with respect to her other professional commitments.”

The full terms of the review says that it will have no firm deadline and will commence immediately.

“The findings of the Review will be reported to the FA Board. It is accepted that no final date can be agreed at this stage given the passage of time and the time it will take to recall files for review and to locate all those relevant people to interview who no longer work for the FA.

“The precise number of players, alleged abusers and clubs as yet is unknown. The FA has determined that it is necessary to instruct external leading counsel to conduct a review into what if anything the FA and clubs knew about these allegations at the relevant time, what action was taken or should have taken place.

“The FA continues to work closely with the relevant authorities and respects the on-going investigation by the police being coordinated by Operation Hydrant into childhood sexual abuse in football.”

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