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Chelsea apologise for sexual abuse claims

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Chelsea football club has apologized over sexual abuse of young players at the club by former chief scout Eddie Heath.

The young Chelsea players between the age of 10 and 17 years are said to have been sexually abused back in 1970 even though the accusations went unchallenged.

A report also says that older players at the club were aware of Heath’s abuse but turned a blind eye.

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Former assistant manager Dario Gradi has also been blamed for failing to report the issue to top officials even after he was informed by the parent of a young player.

In addition to that, a separate report shows that black players at the club have been subjected to racial abuse between the years 1982 to 1990.

Also read: Chelsea issues sanctions against six including a lifetime ban

Heath who passed away was not charged nor was he investigated before and after he was sacked in 1979.

The former chief scout has been termed a serial sexual abuser who manipulated young players and performed his acts in private making it hard to be caught in the act.

He victims are said to be young boys who he lured by exposing them to pornography before he sexually assaulted them.

Using his position at the club, Heath is said to have installed fear in his victims making it hard for them to speak up.

Alex Kiprop
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