Child abuse revelations show the ugliest truth behind the beautiful game
Clubs believed their own reputation was far more precious than telling the police about criminal acts against children in their care.
In it, an FA spokesman is asked why football grounds had been allowed to become death traps, and his pre-prepared reply was: “Grounds aren’t the FA’s responsibility. It’s up to the individual clubs to have safety licences.”
Only later, when the blame for deaths had been successfully shifted on to the fans, did it emerge Sheffield Wednesday didn’t have a valid safety certificate.
But that crime, like so many others that day, had been covered up to protect individual and corporate reputations, regardless of the cost to the victims.
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