Chelsea announces investigation of former employee

Chelsea retains services of independent law firm to investigate an employee of the club in the 1970s, who has since died.

INTERNET (NOVEMBER 29, 2016)(INTERNET) – English Premier League club Chelsea on Tuesday (November 29) posted a statement on its website (www.chelseafc.com) announcing it was retaining an external law firm to make an investigation of a former employee of the club.

This comes after England’s Football Association (FA) said it was working closely with police who are investigating allegations of historic sexual abuse against children while in youth teams.

The Chelsea statement read: “Chelsea Football Club has retained an external law firm to carry out an investigation concerning an individual employed by the club in the 1970s, who is now deceased.

The club has also contacted The FA to ensure that all possible assistance is provided as part of their wider investigation. This will include providing The FA with any relevant information arising out of the club’s investigation. The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry. The helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.

While the club’s investigation is ongoing, we will make no further comment on this matter.”

The British government said on Tuesday it was asking all national sporting governing bodies to increase their efforts to protect children, following allegations of young boys being sexually abused at professional soccer clubs.