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Scottish FA responds to BBC investigation

Monday, 05 December 2016


Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive:

 

“We are extremely concerned by the allegations made by BBC Scotland tonight relating to historic sex abuse in Scottish youth football.

 

“On behalf of the Scottish FA, I apologise unreservedly to Peter Haynes for what appears to have been a wholly unsatisfactory outcome to his original sharing of information.

 

“We will work with existing and former staff to obtain as much information as possible in this regard and have also offered to meet Mr Haynes at a time appropriate to him. We will also liaise with Police Scotland to establish a full picture relating to this historic case.

 

“As stated in our interview, we are grateful to Mr Haynes and to BBC Scotland’s Investigations team for bringing this matter to our urgent attention.

 

“Since confirmation of a confidential hotline and email address for any alleged victims to come forward, we have been in regular dialogue with NSPCC and Police Scotland. Moreover, we have established a taskforce including all relevant stakeholders to deal with matters such as Mr Haynes’ allegations and any further allegations that may arise.

 

“Allegations of abominable behaviour such as this vindicates our commitment to child protection and wellbeing. Through technology, child protection policies and procedures, and information sharing protocols with relevant authorities, we are now well-placed to deal with any complaints of sexual abuse.

 

“We would urge anyone with any information relating to abuse or inappropriate behaviour – whether current or historic – to get in touch via the NSPCC’s helpline, 0800 023 2642, or childrenswellbeing@scottishfa.co.uk.”

 


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