Sport bodies told to review child safety

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Sport bodies told to review child safety

The UK”s major sporting bodies have been told to ensure child protection in their sport is “as robust as possible”.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has written to 40 national governing bodies urging them to look into whether any historical claims of abuse need investigating.

Some 250 people have now contacted police after ex-footballers spoke about abuse they suffered as children.

Eight police forces are looking into claims of historic abuse in the sport.

Police Scotland is the latest force to confirm it is looking into allegations following claims of sexual abuse by former players, as the FA begins an internal review.

“Multiple” allegations

Staffordshire Police said it had received a number of calls, while Cambridgeshire was investigating “multiple” allegations.

The Metropolitan, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Cheshire and Northumbria police forces have also announced they are investigating reports of abuse.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We are determined to thoroughly gather any evidence which will allow us to bring those who may have been involved to justice, while taking a sensitive approach to supporting the victim throughout.”

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said the scandal was one of the biggest crises in the history of the organisation.