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Chelsea Apologise Over 'Unchallenged' Sex Abuse by Former Club Scout Eddie Heath

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Chelsea Apologise Over 'Unchallenged' Sex Abuse

Chelsea have apologised after young players were exposed to "a dangerous and prolific child abuser" who was able to offend "unchallenged" at the club during the 1970s.

An external review conducted by barrister Charles Geekie QC was published on Tuesday and details shocking grooming and abuse of boys aged 10 to 17 by Chelsea's former chief scout Eddie Heath.

Heath died in December 1983, aged 54, and the report states that, as far as investigators could determine, he "was never investigated for, or charged with any, offences during his lifetime".

Evidence from 23 witnesses paints a grim picture of the historic abuse, and Chelsea's current board said in a statement: "The board wishes to thank all the survivors and witnesses who came forward to assist the reviews and the club apologises unreservedly for the terrible past experiences of some of our former players."