Ipswich Town manager “appalled” by football’s child sexual abuse scandal

PUBLISHED: 15:31 01 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:00 01 December 2016

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy said he had never encountered any stories of child abuse in football until this week, and says the number of alleged victims is “appalling”.

Around 350 alleged victims have reported child sex abuse within football clubs, the National Police Chiefs’ Council claims, following the decision of ex-Crewe player Andy Woodward to waive his right to anonimity and speak out about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of convicted paedophile, Barry Bennell.

Blues manager McCarthy has been in the game for five decades, having started as a youth player at Barnsley, and has played in England, Scotland and France’s top flights, as well as representing Republic of Ireland as both a player and a manager.

McCarthy, who had spells as a player with Manchester City, Lyon, Celtic and Millwall, before managing the latter, as well as being in charge of Sunderland, Wolves and, currently, Town, said: “In 41 years as an apprentice, professional footballer, coach and manager, I have not heard anything.

“I am amazed now at the amount that seem to have suffered it, and appalled as well.

McCarthy added: “I played with one of the lads, and against an other and I can’t imagine what it’s like to carry that around as a kid.

“I’ve got kids, grandkids, and the thought of them being abused by anybody, in any shape or form, certainly sexually, I would be distraught about.”

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