Paedophile well known, claims ex-Chelsea star Alan Hudson

Updated: Dec 04, 2016, 12:43 IST | AFP

Ex-Chelsea football star Alan Hudson said it was "common knowledge" that a former scout at the club was a paedophile

London: Ex-Chelsea football star Alan Hudson said it was "common knowledge" that a former scout at the club was a paedophile, media reported on Saturday as an abuse scandal engulfing the sport deepens.

His comments come after another former Chelsea player, Gary Johnson, claimed he was paid £50,000 ($63,000) by the Premier League club not to go public with allegations that he was sexually abused as a young player by ex-chief scout Eddie Heath.

Around 350 people have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches in a mounting scandal that has rocked the sport. "It was common knowledge that Eddie Heath was a nonce," slang for paedophile, Hudson wrote in a post on Facebook, cited by British tabloid newspapers.

"I was around and it was common knowledge that Mr Heath was a danger to us youngsters, but luckily for me, he never came near me, almost as if I had a sixth sense."

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