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Met Police receives information on historical sexual abuse at London football clubs

The Metropolitan Police has received information regarding historical sexual abuse at London football clubs.

The Met announcement came as the national inquiry into child sexual abuse opened the door to examining allegations within the sport.

A statement read: "The Metropolitan Police Service has received information relating to non-recent sexual abuse in football clubs in London.

"The Met will assess any information it receives and ensure that victims are given the advice and support they need.

"The Met would encourage anyone who has been a victim, or has any information, to make contact with their local police, so that any further information can then be passed to officers, or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

"The Met will not comment about ongoing investigations."

Scotland Yard did not name any of the clubs involved.

It means there are now four police forces which are known to be investigating the growing abuse scandal in the sport.

A spokesman for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said: "The bravery of victims and survivors like Andy Woodward and those other former footballers who have spoken out about the horror of child sexual abuse is remarkable, as is that of every victim and survivor who takes that courageous step.

"It is the job of the police and the court system to determine evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

"Our role is to look at institutional failure to protect children from child sexual abuse and our terms of reference are broad enough to include failures by sports clubs in due course.

"It wouldn't be appropriate for us to say more at this time, on what might be a live police investigation. We will, however, be watching events closely."

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