Chelsea are facing an FA inquiry after claims by Daily Telegraph that Chelsea paid “hush” money to a former youth player who was reportedly sexually abused by a former Chelsea scout Eddie Heath.
Eddie Heath worked as a scout for Chelsea during the seventies and the former scout who is now dead reportedly sexually abused a youth player at Chelsea.
FA chairman Greg Clarke has promised to heavily punish clubs found guilty of having tried to buy a victim’s silence.
“If anyone has behaved improperly, they will be held to account and that information will be released. If a club has behaved badly, they will be held to account,” Clarke said.
Chelsea released a statement saying: “The club have retained an external law firm to carry out an investigation concerning an individual employed by the club in the seventies, who is now deceased.
“The club have also contacted the FA to ensure that all possible assistance is provided as part of their wider investigation. This will include providing the FA with any relevant information arising out of the club’s investigation.”
Eddie Heath reportedly served as Chelsea’s chief scout from 1968 to 1979. The allegations against him weren’t made until after his death so Eddie Heath has no opportunity to defend himself.
Ex-Chelsea player and assistant manager Ray Wilkins, who was also one of the young talents discovered by Heath has revealed his shock at the accusations and revealed he never heard anything like this about Eddie Heath while he played for Chelsea.
Are the accusations true or false? Only time will tell.