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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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FA banned dozens of coaches after football commission

Former FA chief executive Mark Palios has told ITV's Good Morning Britain around 60 to 70 coaches were banned from football after a 2001 commission into abuse.

He said the commission was carried out in partnership with the Premier League and Football League.

Mr Palios said he was unaware if the information was passed on to police as the commission had preceded his arrival at the FA in 2003.

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