It is reported today that the victims of child sexual abuse which occurred at Chelsea Football Club in the 1960’s and 1970’s have expressed their concerns that Chelsea may not set up a compensation scheme as Manchester City have recently announced. They have also expressed their fears they may not receive an apology for the abuse they suffered whilst youth team players under Chelsea’s care.
The abuse that occurred at Chelsea Football Club during the 1960’s / 70’s was centred mainly around Eddie Heath, the Club’s then Chief Scout until his dismissal in 1979. Other allegations of sexual abuse have been made against Allan McGrath, another figure in the Youth Team set-up at the time. Both of these individuals have since died.
David Hawkins of Verisona Law says “I have read the report in today’s news, and I can completely understand people’s fears that their cases may not be taken seriously by Chelsea, although in my experience this is not the case. It is true that Chelsea have not set up a compensation scheme, however people still have a right to redress from the Club for what happened to them. We have, so far, successfully acted for two ex-Chelsea Youth Team players, who were both abused at the hands of Eddie Heath. Both of these gentlemen were awarded appropriate financial redress for what happened to them but also offered non-financial redress. If anybody who has contributed to the investigation into the abuse at Chelsea, or anyone who has been affected, wishes to discuss their concerns with us, then please do get in touch and we would be happy to speak to them in complete confidence.”
If you, or a loved one, have been affected by sexual abuse, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring an abuse claim.
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