A stunning new report offers new details on the British soccer sex abuse scandal — which, to date, includes more than 500 former players alleging abuse against coaches, scouts, and others.
In a new HBO report which airs Tuesday on Real Sports, Gary Johnson, a former player for Chelsea, details his claims against Eddie Heath — a former scout for the team who died of a heart attack in the 1980s.
Johnson says it’s too painful for him to go back to the stadium for the famed Premier League squad where he played for four seasons.
“I can’t. No,” Johnson said. “Too many bad memories.”
The scandal was brought to light last November by Andy Woodward who played for Crewe Alexandra. Woodward alleged that his coach, Barry Bennell, raped him hundreds of times. He found himself unable to come forward for nearly two decades.
“I felt ashamed that I was allowing him to do it,” Woodward said, according to a transcript of the full HBO segment provided to the media. “I felt he was gonna take my dream away. And I felt sorry for my parents ’cause they put me there. And I couldn’t do it to them.”
HBO also interviewed an unnamed whistleblower who formerly served as a club official. The whistleblower believes there was a massive cover-up on the part of Football Association, the governing body of British soccer. When asked if the cover-up was still ongoing, the whistleblower replied:
“Yes. Of course I do.”
Watch above, via HBO. (Warning: clip contains graphic language.)
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