North West Footballers reveal childhood sexual abuse by coaches

More footballers say they were abused as children - and it's claimed there could be hundreds more. Police are urging victims to get in touch. The Football Association is setting up a special helpline.

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Gradi to 'do everything within my power' to assist football abuse investigation

Dario Gradi says he will do "everything within my power" to assist the investigation into child sexual abuse in football.

Dario Gradi Credit: PA Images

Crewe's Director of Football has been suspended by the FA.

In a statement Dario Gradi said:

Having been notified by the Football Association on 25th November, I acknowledged my current interim suspension from football.

I would like to reiterate that I will do everything within my power to assist all investigatory authorities.

As I have previously stated, aside from denying any wrongdoing it would be inappropriate and unfair on all parties to comment through the media at this time in connection with any allegations.

I would also like to thank all those people, who have come out in support of me. It is very much appreciated.

– Dario Gradi

Crewe confirm Gradi suspended from football

Crewe Alexandra have confirmed Director of Football Dario Gradi has been suspended by the FA.

Dario Gradi has been suspended from football Credit: PA Images

In a short statement Crewe Alexandra said:

Following discussions with the Football Association, Crewe Alexandra Football Club can confirm that Dario Gradi is currently under an FA interim suspension from football.

– Crewe Alexandra statement

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Crewe Alexandra's Dario Gradi suspended by the FA

Dario Gradi reportedly suspended by FA pending an investigation. Credit: ITV Granada

Crewe Alexandra's Director of Football has been suspended by the Football Association,

It's thought Dario Gradi has been asked to to step down by the FA pending an investigation into his handling of child abuse claims.

The development comes after the launch of an FA inquiry into historical abuse allegations in football, alongside police investigations which now span 21 forces.

There are 83 potential suspects and 98 clubs involved. The NSPCC and police have referred more than 600 reports to the FA.

Mr Gradi has said he won't comment on this development but has previously denied any wrongdoing.

Last month the former Crewe manager offered his sympathy to victims of Barry Bennell, after a number of ex-footballers spoke out against sexual abuse.

See his statement here

Former footballers set up "Offside Trust" to help abuse victims get justice

Former North West footballers who say they were sexually abused as youngsters have formed a support group to help survivors and their families.

Andy Woodward and Steve Walters have formed the "Offside Trust". They promise it'll fight for justice, starting with a full and independent investigation into abuse in football.

Ashley Derricott reports.

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WATCH: More former footballers come forward with allegations, one names his abuser

The former footballer who was among the first to come forward with claims of historical child sex abuse in the game, has been told the man who allegedly assaulted him is dead.

Paul Stewart, who played for Liverpool and Manchester City, says he's sorry Frank Roper won't face justice.

In a separate development Greater Manchester Police have announced they're now investigating reports of sexual abuse in football from 35 people.

They say they've identified 10 suspects.

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