Football child abuse claims under investigation by South Yorkshire Police

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South Yorkshire Police has received three reports of historic child abuse in football, it has emerged today.

Details were revealed at a meeting of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's public accountability board in Sheffield this morning.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Barber said: "We have had three historic reports. It is not appropriate to discuss in any great detail."

She said the allegations relate to the 1960s and 1980s and added that the number of reported crimes in South Yorkshire are 'not to the extent we have seen elsewhere'.

She revealed that reports of abuse had been received by the force after Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Sioned-Mair Richards, said: "We have recently had all the stuff in the press about historic child sexual exploitation arising from football clubs.

"Having so many professional clubs and amateur clubs in South Yorkshire, I wondered whether we have had anything raised?"

Police forces across the country have received reports of historic child abuse involving those in the football community since former Sheffield United player Andy Woodward, aged 43, waived his right to anonymity to reveal that he was abused as a youth player at Crewe.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "South Yorkshire Police is one of a number of forces across the country currently reviewing reports of non-recent child abuse within the football community."

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