By Tony Attwood
We probably all know about what Graham Rix got involved in post-Arsenal, and it’s not something I’ve particularly wanted to re-visit. Many of us watched Rix, enjoyed his work for Arsenal as a footballer, and then, well… everyone can have their own views.
But at the same time I’ve tried to do a little bit off and on to mention the stuttering progress of the FA’s enquiry into abuse of young players, and to suggest that maybe it should be moving much more quickly.
In 2016 the FA announced that a full scale inquiry into English football abuse scandal is needed, but I am not sure we have actually started to see that. Last year we had the story that “some teen footballers were forced into sickening initiation ceremonies” at one major club.
Also last year the story emerged that ex-Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor was warned about the abuse of young players in the 1980s, the FA’s inquiry into sexual abuse has been told. One victim told the Victoria Derbyshire show he was advised to “sweep it under the carpet” rather than tell police, according to the BBC.
I am not really sure there is an overall approach driving the enquiry forward, but maybe I just haven’t got the hang of it all, because I must admit I do find the whole thing utterly harrowing.
Which is why I’m not going to go into details of the latest accusations concerning Graham Rix. I have read the story, and it makes me feel both helpless and ill. Maybe it is because I am a father and a grandfather that I feel so much more sensitive about this.
The story is appalling, but if you wish to read it, it is here:
I leave it up to you, and of course we must note that in these cases those accused deny that they were involved.
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