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FA chairman: Football asleep to issue of child sex abuse in 1990s

FA chairman Greg Clarke said football - and society as a whole - had a "total unawareness" of safeguarding children in the 1990s.

Speaking as police forces around the country investigate historical allegations from more than 20 former players said the sport and other institutions were "sleepwalking" rather than dealing with the problem.

Eight police forces are now looking into allegations of historical 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.

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Dispatches reporter: FA ignored so many abuse warnings

The Dispatches reporter who attempted to uncover abuse in football in a 1997 documentary has told ITV's Good Morning Britain the Football Association ignored "so many warnings".

Deborah Davies has now called on the FA to finally release a 2005 report which she said detailed 250 victims and was potentially related to dozens of clubs.

"Let's find out exactly what you knew, when you knew it and what you didn't do about it," she said.

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