A review of the current inquiries & investigations into abuse in UK football

Published 07 December 2017 | Authored by: Chris Hurlston, Neerali Madhvani

The recent disclosures of childhood abuse in sports and elsewhere has prompted a number of enquiries and investigations, each with a different remit and timescale for completion. This article summarises the key investigations taking place. Specifically, it looks at:

  • The Football Association Inquiry

  • The Scottish Football Association Inquiry

  • Independent investigations being undertaken by individual clubs

    • Crewe Alexander

    • Manchester City

    • Chelsea

  • The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

  • Operation Hydrant

  • Criminal proceedings

  • What does all this mean for Football?

    • Potential civil proceedings by victims against clubs and governing bodies

    • Safeguarding

    • Cultural changes

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About the Author

Chris Hurlston

Chris Hurlston

0121 214 5220
Twitter: @Chris_AbuseLaw
Chris is an Associate Solicitor who specialises in abuse law and damages claims. He is currently acting for a number of former youth football players against clubs including Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra and Chelsea. He is also assisting football abuse survivors to give evidence as part of the FA inquiry.
Neerali Madhvani

Neerali Madhvani


0121 214 5445

Neerali is a solicitor in the medical negligence and abuse law team at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office. She acts on behalf of a number of survivors of abuse to bring civil claims against individual perpetrators and organisations including local authorities and the NHS.

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