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Former Newcastle player Derek Bell on 'horrendous' sexual abuse

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Former Newcastle United player Derek Bell is the latest footballer to waive anonymity to talk about alleged sexual abuse. He spoke to The Guardian newspaper and described it as 'unbelievable heartache'

Eleven police forces are now looking into allegations of historical child sex abuse in football. There have been 250 reports made to police and more than 50 calls were made to an NSPCC hotline set up for sexual abuse victims in football in the initial hours of opening.

More than 20 former players have now spoken out.

The FA commissioned the "dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry" which can be contacted at all hours on 0800 023 2642.



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