1. ITV Report

Charlton Athletic FC launches internal investigation over allegation of historical sexual abuse of former youth player

Charlton Athletic FC investigation over sexual abuse. Credit: PA

Charlton Athletic Football Club have launched an internal investigation over an allegation of historical sexual abuse.

Ex-Charlton Athletic player Russell Davy, now 50, has alleged that he was abused by talent scout Eddie Heath.

Mr Davy told the Mirror Heath ruined his career and sent his life into a spiral of drink, crime and drugs.

Charlton Athletic have issued a statement saying they are taking the allegations seriously.

Upon being made aware of an allegation of historical abuse in the early 1980s, Charlton Athletic has immediately activated an internal investigation the matter.

We of course take the issue raised by Russell Davy seriously.

Charlton Athletic is fully committed to working alongside the police and regulatory authorities to investigate any such historical allegation of abuse at the Club.

Charlton Athletic is committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and young persons who have been entrusted to its care.

The club works closely with English football’s governing bodies and have been in contact with the EFL to make them aware of this investigation.

– Charlton Athletic statement: