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Top lawyer appointed to oversee FA abuse review

By PA Reporter

Published 28/11/2016

The Football Association (FA) has appointed a senior lawyer to assist its review into historical child sex abuse allegations.

Kate Gallafent QC will oversee the internal review following a string of allegations by former youth footballers.

The FA said a "wide-ranging inquiry may be required in time" but said it was supporting police with their investigations and "must ensure we do not do anything to interfere with or jeopardise the criminal process".

The Metropolitan Police and forces in Hampshire, Northumbria and Cheshire have said they are investigating allegations.

Some claims came from a dedicated NSPCC hotline - on 0800 023 2642 - commissioned by the FA.

A "significant" number of other alleged victims of abuse are likely to come forward and other sporting governing bodies may report similar problems, Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) lead for child protection, has warned.

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