UK child sex abuse cases leap to over 500 victim reports and 248 clubs ‘impacted’

January 19 – More than 1,000 cases relating to child sexual abuse within football in the United Kingdom have now been reported to police with 248 clubs caught up in the scandal according to latest figures.

As the scale of the scandal continues to grow, 184 potential suspects have now been identified with 526 potential victims ranged in age from four to 20.

The number of clubs – both amateur and professional – affected has risen by 100 since the last update four weeks ago following a series of accusations by former footballers that has rocked the national game.

A statement for the National Police Chiefs’ Council – which codenamed the investigations Operation Hydrant – said: “[248] does not equate to 248 football clubs under investigation but instead refers to the number of clubs referenced when information is submitted. The figure spans all tiers of football.

“Statistics released today provide an indicative national figure, up to and including January 13, in relation to non-recent child sexual abuse within football.”

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