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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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No independent body will oversee FA review

There will not be an independent body overseeing the FA's own investigation into alleged historic sex abuse, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport said.

Responding to scepticism expressed by several MPs over the value of the body investigating itself, Karen Bradley expressed the importance of allowing police space to investigate.

"It's important that they are given the chance to look at the institutional failings, but importantly, that we allow the police the time and space to carry out their investigation," she said.

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