Former EPL footballers allege sex abuse by youth coaches

Updated: Nov 24, 2016, 09:27 IST | AFP

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Paul Stewart and two other ex-players have come forward to allege sexual abuse at the hands of youth coaches when they were children

Paul Stewart
Paul Stewart

London: Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Paul Stewart and two other ex-players have come forward to allege sexual abuse at the hands of youth coaches when they were children.

Stewart, capped three times by England, said he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a man who threatened to kill his family if he told anyone.

The 52-year-old, who also played for Liverpool and Manchester City, joins former Crewe Alexandra players Andy Woodward and Steve Walters in speaking out about abuse they suffered.

"The mental scars led me into other problems with drink and drugs," Stewart told Daily Mirror. "I know now it was a grooming process. The level of abuse got worse and worse.

"I wanted people to know how difficult it was to come forward."

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