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FA instructs top QC to review abuse claims

The Football Association has instructed a top QC to help it investigate historical sex abuse claims.

Kate Gallafent QC will oversee the internal review and make recommendations.

The FA's statement continued: "The internal review will look into what information The FA was aware of at the relevant times around the issues that have been raised in the press, what clubs were aware of, and what action was, or should, have been taken."

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Southampton act as Eric Black set to be named in ongoing Telegraph football investigation

Eric Black. Credit: PA

Southampton have pledged to assist the Football Association and the Premier League after releasing a statement saying assistant manager Eric Black is set to be named in the Daily Telegraph's ongoing investigations into football.

Saints pre-empted the newspapers' latest round of articles under the strapline 'Football For Sale' by saying they had requested details from the Telegraph - a request they said had been turned down.

The club's statement read: "Southampton Football Club has today been made aware by The Daily Telegraph that, as part of their ongoing investigation, the club's assistant first team manager Eric Black will feature as part of an article in tomorrow's paper.

"The club immediately requested to be sent, by The Daily Telegraph, the details of this article, but the newspaper declined to share any further information.

"We have today contacted The FA and The Premier League, and intend to work closely with both bodies on this matter when the facts become clear.

"Southampton Football Club is fully committed to investigating any situation that directly or indirectly relates to our club, employees or the wider community."

Black was appointed to Southampton's coaching staff during the summer as assistant to Claude Puel.

Sports Minister urges probe into claims against Allardyce

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch. Credit: PA

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has called for the claims against Sam Allardyce to be "investigated fully" in the wake of his sacking as England manager.

Ms Crouch, along with Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, have already been in touch with the football authorities and officials are set to hold further talks with The FA, Premier League and Football League.

An investigation by The Daily Telegraph alleged Allardyce used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 and offered advice about how to "get around" player transfers rules.

Ms Crouch said: "The integrity of sport is absolutely paramount and we have been clear that we expect the highest standards of governance and transparency from sports governing bodies, here in the UK and on the international stage.

"In this context, the recent allegations concerning English football are very concerning and we will be discussing the matter with the football authorities. All the evidence presented to them must be investigated fully and we stand ready to assist in any way we can."

McClaren: FA must investigate claims against Allardyce

Former England manager Steve McClaren has said The FA must "cut out" any wrongdoing from football and investigate the claims against Sam Allardyce.

McClaren's comments were made in the wake of an investigation by The Daily Telegraph which alleged ex-England manager Allardyce used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 and offered advice about how to "get around" player transfers rules.

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