Child abuse scandal reaches top of Brazilian football


Abuse survivor Andy Woodward is in Brazil helping authorities there deal with their own emerging child sex abuse scandal.You can feel the history at Santos FC. The walls adorned with pictures of Pele, cabinets packed with trophies and a pitch so pristinely maintained, there’s no chance of stepping foot on it.

It is little wonder Andy Woodward’s journey helping authorities stamp out abuse in the sport has brought him here.This prestigious football club is now at the centre of Brazil’s child sex abuse scandal.Its soccer academy is in turmoil after a 19-year-old former youth player spoke out about suffering sexual abuse when he was just 11.

The man accused was still working at the club as coordinator of its youth academy. He is now suspended amid a sexual assault investigation that dates back to 2010.”It is the tip of the iceberg definitely,” said Woodward – who was abused as a child by English paedophile football coach Barry Bennell.

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