Chelsea FC to investigate sexual abuse claims

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Chelsea Football Club has asked a law firm to open an investigation into claims that a former employee may have been involved in sexual abuse.

The move comes as the Football Association and multiple police forces look into historical reports of child abuse.

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The Stamford Bridge club published the following statement on Tuesday.

“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.”