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  1. celtic Boys' club beast abused young player in toy shop while other man watched https://www.BOYCOTT THIS LINK/news/scottish-news/celtic-boys-club-beast-abused-20738746 Keith McLeod 04:30, 28 OCT 2019 Former celtic Boys' Club player Gordon Woods has bravely come forward to reveal how Jim Torbett attempted to rape him (Image: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media/Daily Record) celtic Boys’ Club beast Jim Torbett sexually abused a young player in a toy shop in Glasgow – while another man watched. Gordon Woods was just 13 years old when evil Torbett preyed on him. And Gordon, now in his 60s, has revealed to the Daily Record that other coaches at the boys’ club told him after his first trial that he was not a good enough player – but Torbett intervened and told him to continue to come to training. Gordon has now taken the brave step of revealing to his close family the abuse he suffered decades ago. He said: “I never played a competitive game for celtic Boys’ Club. I wasn’t good enough. I now know Torbett kept me going to training for the simple reason I’d be a sitting duck for his predatory behaviour. Gordon Woods has taken the brave step of revealing to his close family the abuse he suffered at the hands of Jim Torbett (Image: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media) “I’m speaking out now after all these years because I’m disgusted at celtic FC’s claim that they were separate from the boys’ club. That was not my experience. Nothing could be further from the truth.” Gordon, who has the right to anonymity, has allowed us to use his name because he wants Torbett to know who he is. He said: “I want him to remember me and I want him to think about what he did to me. I also want him to know that I will not be silenced any more.” He says he was taken to the toy shop on Maryhill Road by Torbett on two occasions. And he claims that another man who was involved with Torbett – and celtic Boys’ Club – was present on one of the occasions in the 1960s. Gordon Woods is breaking his silence decades after being sexually abused by Jim Torbett Gordon said: “One of the times in the toy shop – when it was closed for lunch – Torbett took me into the storeroom or back room of the shop. “He attempted to rape me and then carried out a sex act. I remember thinking that the door was open and the other man was in the shop. “I thought that was why the door was left open, so the other man could see in. I remember thinking, ‘He’s watching this’, because there was no reason to leave the door open. Afterwards, Torbett carried on as if nothing happened.” Gordon says the shop – and Torbett – were producing miniature European Cups and giving them to boys’ club members or selling them. He says he was also abused on two occasions by Torbett at a flat in Pinkston Drive in Glasgow. Gordon says he believed he was with celtic FC because the boys’ club was viewed as one and the same. Ex-celtic Boys Club coach Jim Torbett (left) in a team photograph (Image: Daily Record) celtic must take responsibility for Boys' Club paedo scandal says victim He recalled a trip to Dumfries for a match against a local team in 1968. He said: “I slept in and I knew I had missed the bus. I phoned celtic Park and spoke to one of the secretaries. “I told them that I had missed the coach. Sometime later, the phone rang in the house and it was the secretary I had spoken to. “She asked if I could be at St Enoch Square underground station by 12 o’clock. A big burgundy car arrived and inside were Jock Stein and Sir Bob Kelly. Stein was driving. “I went all the way to Dumfries with them. There was a big box next to me in the back. There was a brass latch and inside was two doors and it was the European Cup, or a replica of the European Cup. They were taking it to show the boys of the team we were playing and the people down there. It was an honour to be in the same car as both these men. “I listen now to celtic FC saying that celtic Boys’ Club was a totally separate organisation. Yet there was me having missed the bus, phoning celtic Park, speaking to a celtic FC secretary and then being picked up by the celtic FC manager and chairman for a boys’ club match in Dumfries. “It enrages me the stance that celtic are taking now. Whatever they are saying now, was definitely not the case at the time.” Gordon remembers attending celtic Park for a match in September 1968 when Torbett summoned him to his car. Gordon says he would normally sit in the passenger seat, but on this occasion another boy was in that seat. Gordon said he got in the back and Torbett said he thought their “friendship” should end. He says he recognised the boy – who gave evidence against Torbett in the late 90s. Gordon added: “This has affected me more in later years. “I have now been able to explain this to my family, to let them know that this happened to me when I was very young and didn’t really know what was happening to me. I’m glad I’ve found the courage to speak. I hope that this will help others.” Boys’ Club founder Torbett was jailed in November for six years, former general manager Frank Cairney, 84, was jailed in January for four years, fellow boys’ club coach and celtic FC man Jim McCafferty, 73, was jailed for six years and nine months, while former chairman Gerald King, 66, was convicted of preying on children at a Glasgow school but avoided jail. In May, the Record revealed how celtic FC cleared Torbett and Cairney of wrongdoing in 1986 – despite the club’s claim of “separate entities” and that allegations first came to light in the early 1990s. Gordon is a client of Thompsons Solicitors, which is seeking damages from celtic FC for a string of clients. celtic Boys’ Club sex abuse victim's mum demands public inquiry after Jim McCafferty conviction Patrick McGuire from the firm said: “Mr Woods’ harrowing account of abuse at the celtic Boys’ Club sheds new light on the scale of the abuse, as well as the close connections between the Boys’ Club and celtic. “Particularly disturbing is his account of what happened to him at a toy shop frequented by his abuser. “In telling his story publicly, Mr Woods has shown great courage which should be admired. He, along with all the other survivors from celtic and celtic Boys’ Club, want the club to take responsibility for the decades of abuse which happened on their watch and to show respect to those survivors by effecting quick and appropriate settlement of all legal actions.”
  2. Feel free to explain why this very same "alledged victim" made those claims 3 years ago about a different club? 'My father battered Gordon Neely after he abused me in club office' The alleged victim says his furious dad confronted the former youth coach after hearing how Neely pulled down his shorts and pants before beating him. BOYCOTT THIS LINK 4:33 PM · Oct 18, 2019 from Cambuslang, Scotland·Twitter for Android https://www.BOYCOTT THIS LINK/news/scottish-news/my-father-battered-gordon-neely-9399101.amp?__twitter_impression=true
  3. https://www.vanguardbears.co.uk/article.php?i=291&a=the-hypocrisy-and-shame-of-scottish-football The Hypocrisy And Shame Of Scottish Football A comparison of 2 clubs, punishments received from the footballing authorities and treatment from other member clubs for their crimes. Before reading any further, please accept my apologies for the length of this article, though after reading it in its entirety I’m sure you will agree that all relevant information had to be presented to clearly demonstrate the vast gulf in treatment afforded both clubs in relation to crimes at either end of any moral spectrum. Rangers FC - timeline of events* 14th February 2012 – Rangers Football Club Plc entered administration due to the failure to pay £9m in PAYE deductions from employees to HMRC. 14th February 2012 – Rangers FC are deducted 10 points in the Scottish Premier League (SPL) for entering administration. 14th June 2012 – HMRC announce the formal rejection of the proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) which in turn meant that The Rangers Football Club Plc would be liquidated, and the business and assets would be sold to a new company by the name of Sevco Limited. 4th July 2012 - Member clubs of the SPL (by way of a vote) refused to allow the new company to adopt the league membership of the old company and as such, Rangers FC were thrown out of the SPL. “Today’s decision to refuse access into the SPL was an overwhelming one and demonstrates the depth of feeling amongst everyone involved in Scottish football. Fundamentally, the celtic Board has also been very mindful of the need to take what it believes to be the correct course of action in protecting the integrity of the game in Scotland. Throughout the whole sequence of events leading up to today’s decision the celtic Board has been of the singular view that the integrity of the game in Scotland is of paramount importance.” – celtic FC "The past few weeks have been extremely hectic in terms of our supporters and season ticket holders making their views known in great numbers to the club, as is their right. It is fair to say that in excess of 95% of them raised the issue of sporting integrity as the reason why they don't want the newco to be admitted and had not yet renewed their season tickets. We have also been contacted by supporters of various other SPL clubs, saying they would not be back to Inverness if we did not accept that sporting integrity was what mattered, but this is something that we had already considered and it is not only the integrity of the SPL that is at stake but the integrity of Scottish football.” Inverness Caledonian Thistle chairman, Kenny Cameron “One of our major objectives has to be to work with everyone concerned to ensure that the commercial challenges that this case has and will continue to cause can be mitigated as far as they possibly can so that sporting integrity can be the overriding factor.” -Aberdeen chairman, Stewart Milne “Notwithstanding the potentially damaging financial implications, the board believes that sporting integrity should not be sacrificed in favour of economic expediency. Over the last few weeks there has been a mounting groundswell of opinion amongst our fans which has clearly shown that the vast majority of our supporters would not favour an application by newco Rangers to the SPL. This has simply reaffirmed the board’s position. It is important that a clear and unambiguous message goes out from the custodians of Scottish football that this sort of scenario should never be allowed to happen again. As a result, St Johnstone Football Club will not support an application by newco Rangers to join the SPL. – St. Johnstone FC “Supporters deserve a new beginning and have to accept the fact that their club has to start from the lower league. They have lived beyond the law and all morals, and should now be declared beyond the pale” – Hearts then owner, Vladimir Romanov “The club will vote against the transfer of the Rangers share in the SPL to a newco. This reaffirms the view of the board that the sporting integrity of the SPL is of paramount importance” – Hibernian FC 13th July 2012 - SFL member clubs (by way of a vote) agree that Rangers should re-join Scottish football by starting off in Division 3, the lowest league in the structure. 14th July 2012 - The SFA hold the new company to ransom by refusing to transfer the SFA membership from the old company to the new without acceptance of all conditions relating to charges against Rangers FC of bringing the game into disrepute, including a 12-month transfer embargo, the payment of all outstanding fines and football debts relating to the old company, and agreement on broadcasting rights. 25th July 2012 – Conditional agreement reached on the transfer of SFA membership from old company to new company. 29th July 2012 – Rangers FC kick off their 2012-13 season against Brechin City in the Challenge Cup. 3rd August 2012 – Formal transfer of SFA membership from old company to new company is concluded. 31st October 2012 – The Rangers Football Club Plc enter liquidation. *It is important to remember that the above sequence of events was triggered by Rangers failure to pay £9m in PAYE deductions to HMRC. celtic FC - timeline of events 1966 - celtic Boys Club founded. Approval to start the Boys Club using the celtic name and colours was granted by Robert Kelly (celtic FC Chairman) and Jock Stein (celtic Manager). The Boys Club was initially independent from the professional celtic Football Club after a semi-formal agreement was made where the Under-16 side would act as a nursery for celtic scouts. This deal included giving the Boys Club access and full use of celtic FC’s training facilities. 1974 - Jim Torbett is thrown out of celtic Boys Club by celtic Manager Jock Stein after details of Torbett’s sexual abuse of children in his care at celtic Boys Club become known. Jock Stein decided not to inform the police of the sexual abuse that had been uncovered and instructed others within celtic FC to keep the good name of the club intact. 1977 - Jock Stein presented an award to Jim Torbett for ‘Services to the club’, 3 years after he was kicked out of celtic Boys Club. 1978 - Jock Stein was replaced as Manager at celtic FC and takes up the position of Manager at Leeds United. 1980 - Jim Torbett was allowed to come back to celtic Boys Club. At the time, Hugh Birt attempted to block his return by voicing his concerns on Torbett’s past behaviour to the celtic FC Board of Directors, but his concerns were ignored. 1984 - Incorporation of Jim Torbett’s company ‘The Trophy Centre Limited’, supplying trophies and medals etc. to various sporting organisations in the UK including celtic FC. 1985 - Hugh Birt resigns as Chairman of celtic Boys Club. celtic FC ostracised Hugh Birt from that point on. 1988 - In December 1988, Kevin Kelly is appointed as a Director of ‘celtic PLC (celtic FC)’. 1989 - In June 1989, Kevin Kelly is appointed as a director of ‘The Scottish Football Association’. 1989 - In October 1989, Kevin Kelly is appointed as a Director of ‘The Trophy Centre Limited’. 1993 - Former celtic Player and Manager, Lou Macari, released his autobiography titled ‘Football, My Life’ in 2008. In the book Macari wrote of an instance where a player came to him soon after taking on the Managers role in 1993 complaining that Frank Cairney had made sexual advances towards him on a recent tour of North America. Neither Macari nor his colleagues reported this instance to the police. 1994 - In September 1994, Kevin Kelly resigns from Director at ‘The Scottish Football Association’. 1995 - Gerry McSherry (celtic fan) was informed by Hugh Birt of the sexual abuse of young children that was happening on a regular basis at celtic. Gerry McSherry passed on to Strathclyde Police a list of 14 active predators connected with celtic Boys Club and celtic FC. Strathclyde Police refused to act. 1996 - Former celtic Boys Club player Alan Brazil accuses Jim Torbett (former celtic Boys Club Director & Manager) of sexual abuse. 1997 - Neil Strachan, Secretary of celtic East Boys Club (another club officially recognised by celtic FC) is sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for repeatedly molesting a boy for 2 years from the age of 5. 1998 - Jim Torbett was found guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court of shameless and indecent conduct with three juvenile players between October 1967 and March 1974. Torbett was given a prison sentence of 30 months. Court transcripts from this trial show that celtic Manager Jock Stein failed to alert the police and instructed celtic officials to cover up Torbett's paedophile activities. 2000 - In November 2000, Jim Torbett resigned from Director at ‘The Trophy Centre Limited’. 2004 - In May 2004, John Cullen (an official photographer of celtic FC) admitted taking pictures of nude and semi-naked children as young as 10 after a stash of more than 250 indecent images had been found in his store room at celtic Park, the photographs had been there for more than 20 years. He admitted inviting the children to a house in Glasgow between January and December 1982 before getting them to pose for the camera. At Glasgow Sheriff Court he pled guilty to a charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour. He had been employed by celtic for 30 years. 2005 - In August 2005, Kevin Kelly resigns from Director at ‘The Trophy Centre Limited’. 2018 - In April 2018, Jim Torbett appeared at the High Court in Glasgow where he faced 12 historical sexual abuse charges dating from January 1970 to August 1994. 2018 - In August 2018, celtic Boys Club changed their name to St Patrick’s Sports Academy in an attempt to distance the connection with celtic FC. It is alleged that celtic FC paid St. Patrick’s £20,000 as a deal sweetener. 2018 - On 5th November 2018, Jim Torbett was found guilty of five counts of sexually abusing children and sentenced to 6 years in prison. 2018 - On 5th December 2018, Gerald King (former celtic Boys Club Chairman) is found guilty of sexually abusing 4 boys and 1 girl when he was a teacher/football coach at St. Martha’s primary school in Glasgow between 1984-89. King was associated with celtic Boys Club between 1982-2009. King had also previously been an employee at Jim Torbett’s company (The Trophy Centre Limited). 2018 - In December 2018, Gerry McSherry publicly revealed that he had passed a list of 14 active sexual predators connected with celtic Boys Club and celtic FC to Strathclyde police in 1995/96. 2019 - On 7th February 2019, Frank Cairney was sentenced to 4 years in prison after being convicted on 9 charges of sexual abuse against children. Cairney, who was employed by celtic Boys Club between1971-86, was found guilty of sexually abusing the children between1965-86. The former Manager of celtic Boys Club abused the children at various locations including the celtic FC training facility at Barrowfield in Glasgow. The abuse carried out at Barrowfield was both before and during his time at celtic Boys Club. 2019 - On 14th May 2019, Jim McCafferty was sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in prison after being found guilty of 12 charges relating to the sexual abuse of 10 teenagers between 1972-96 whilst employed as a coach for celtic Boys Club and then officially employed by celtic Football Club between 1990-96 as a coach/kit man to the celtic Youth team. It emerged during the course of the trial that some of the sexual abuse carried out by McCafferty happened within celtic Park. It has further emerged since his trial that there were very strong connections between McCafferty, Jim Torbett and Barry Bennell the former Manchester City and Crewe Alexandria coach, now serving 30 years behind bars for the sexual abuse of 86 former players at the clubs. The connection between the 3 convicted paedophiles included the introduction of celtic Boys Club youngsters to Barry Bennell. Comparison On comparing the two situations relating to Rangers FC and celtic FC as listed above it is clear that there has been major discrepancies in how each club has been treated by the footballing authorities and other SFA member clubs. It is also clear that obvious questions are not being asked by the mainstream Scottish media, politicians, and people in positions of influence within the Scottish footballing system. The glaring questions that nobody dares ask are: 1. Why has the SFA not taken punitive action against celtic FC for bringing the game into disrepute? After all, the SFA considered it a fair and just approach when dealing with the financial misdemeanours of Rangers FC. celtic FC has without doubt broken the rules of membership of the SFA. It has now become clear through various recent court cases that celtic have been continually bringing the game into disrepute for a number of decades. By their failure and outright refusal to act against celtic FC, is the SFA saying that the sexual abuse of children under the care of member clubs is acceptable? Are the SFA suggesting that financial misadministration of a member club is far more serious that child sexual abuse by another member club? Are the SFA suggesting that the integrity of Scottish football has not been destroyed by the revelations that a member club has been heavily involved for several decades in the sexual abuse of children? On the 5th July 2019, Chris McLaughlin of BBC Scotland reported on Twitter that UEFA had been in contact with the SFA in regard to the issue of historic child sexual abuse in Scottish football. UEFA stated that it “fully trusts in the capacity of the SFA to deal with this matter”. Yet here we are, almost 3 months down the road and the SFA still haven’t lifted a finger. Perhaps its time for UEFA to give the SFA a nudge and remind them that they are still waiting, much like the thousands of supporters of Scottish clubs who are the very lifeblood of the game and continue to be treated with disdain by the SFA. Or perhaps UEFA could inform those very same supporters on just what assurances were given by the SFA for UEFA to have full trust that the SFA would deal with the issue, seeing as the SFA have been struck down by some mystery disability that renders them mute and unwilling to gauge or consider the concerns of the supporters who currently pay through the nose to financially support Scottish football. 2. Where is the widespread condemnation from other member clubs against the irrefutable paedophile activities that have been prevalent around celtic FC since the 1960’s (at the known earliest)? Member clubs were lining up to condemn Rangers FC due to financial mismanagement, all of them spouting the same pre-agreed mantra of ‘sporting integrity must prevail’. Where are they now? Do all those clubs also consider that financial mismanagement is a greater crime than the sexual abuse of children? Where are their comments stating …… “mindful of the need to take what it believes to be the correct course of action in protecting the integrity of the game in Scotland” “the integrity of the game in Scotland is of paramount importance” “it is not only the integrity of the SPL that is at stake but the integrity of Scottish football” “so that sporting integrity can be the overriding factor” “It is important that a clear and unambiguous message goes out from the custodians of Scottish football that this sort of scenario should never be allowed to happen again” “This reaffirms the view of the board that the sporting integrity of the SPL is of paramount importance” Is sporting integrity no longer fashionable? Have all these clubs suddenly lost their moral compass? All SFA member clubs (and this includes Rangers) should be ashamed of themselves. Their unwillingness to speak out against the sexual abuse of children in Scottish football and demand that fair and just punishment is applied is nothing short of disgraceful. Like the SFA, by their inaction, they are essentially complicit in the sexual abuse of children. Each and every club should be demanding that the SFA take action against the biggest sporting scandal ever known worldwide. Make no mistake the paedophile ring that has been allowed to continue unhindered in Scottish football for many decades, is huge in scale. It is anticipated by lawyers representing victims that over 100 individuals will be coming forward through the courts seeking apologies and compensation for the hideous crimes committed against them. Shame on every top-level football club under the SFA for failing to demand justice from their footballing governing body! 3. Why has the Scottish judicial system continually ignored the pleas from thousands of disgusted members of the public for a full and transparent public enquiry into the paedophile ring that has been operating in Scottish football around celtic FC/celtic Boys Club since the 1960’s (at the known earliest)? It is astonishing, that in face of public pressure and demand that no public enquiry shows any sign of materialising. Or maybe not given that Humza Yousaf the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice is a well-known celtic FC season ticket holder. Surely conflict of interest isn’t preventing Mr. Yousaf from ensuring application of Law & Order in Scotland? Is it? Scottish mainstream media is equally failing in its duties and responsibilities by giving prominent people and organisations an easy time on this matter. Rather than some of the more unhinged and socially backward journalists claiming that anyone questioning the paedophile ring in Scotland is just doing so to point score against celtic, perhaps they should concentrate on their work at hand and take up the fight for justice. Had these journalists not been ignoring the issue for decades despite all the evidence being out there and in their face for so long, I’m sure early condemnation of what was going on would have prevented many further children suffering abhorrent abuse at the hands of monsters. Scottish football clubs need to step forward and demand justice on behalf of all the victims, it is the correct moral stance to adopt. Until appropriate punishment is delivered, Scottish football will continue to be viewed as a corrupt body run by shameless people lacking moral fibre. Until then, I’ll leave you with the words of Vladimir Romanov ….. “They have lived beyond the law and all morals, and should now be declared beyond the pale”
  4. That will be the FARE observer.
  5. Eamonn Sweeney: 'Toxic culture facilitated abuse' Football's child sex abuse scandal means we will never be able to look at the game in the same way again. Geoff Hurst won't just be the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. He'll also be the man who refused, despite several requests, to answer questions from an inquiry into the abuse perpetrated by Eddie Heath. Heath was a former youth coach with Chelsea sacked by then-manager Hurst under circumstances which remain unclear. celtic won't just be the first British club to win the European Cup. It'll also be the club which refused to take responsibility for child molestation at celtic Boys Club on the technically correct but morally flimsy grounds that this was a feeder club rather than an official part of the senior set-up. Dario Gradi will no longer be regarded as one of the game's great coaches of young players. He'll go down in history as the man who stood by and did nothing even though he knew what Heath was doing to teenage boys at Chelsea when Gradi was assistant manager. The 1970s and '80s can't be regarded any more as a kind of golden age, a more innocent time before the influx of big money changed the game forever. They were a dark age when sexual abuse ran rife in the game and was enabled to do so by a toxic combination of indifference and ignorance. This story is just beginning. It's less than three years since former Crewe defender Andy Woodward went public about the abuse inflicted upon him at the club by a coach, Barry Bennell. After that it was as though a dam had burst. Victims who'd long kept silent were emboldened to come forward by Woodward's disclosures. The Oscar-winning movie Spotlight, about child sex abuse in the archdiocese of Boston, perfectly captured the way in which these scandals escalate. At the beginning the reporters believe they're merely documenting the misdeeds of a handful of bad apples, by the end they've uncovered a problem of such enormous proportions it seems systemic. We are very early in the days of football's reckoning with child abuse. There will be many more terrible things heard and many more clubs implicated. It is to Chelsea's credit that they did at least commission the enquiry which last week reported on Heath's offences at the club. That inquiry, led by Charles Geekie QC, involved a 17-strong legal team which conducted 139 interviews, dealt with eight police forces and took two and a half years to complete their work. Last week a statement from the club said: "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 our former players." That's the kind of apology celtic should make, according to clinical psychologist Dr John Marshall who gave evidence at last year's trial of Jim Torbett, one of four former celtic Boys Club coaches to be convicted of child abuse. celtic, says Dr Marshall, should "be open and transparent in a similar way to Chelsea. They have to acknowledge what the victims have gone through and the impact on them and thoroughly investigate like Chelsea did." Marshall has described celtic's response to the cases as "abysmal," while Patrick McGuire, the solicitor for many of the victims, says the club's denial of responsibility is "a stance that is hideously cruel to the survivors, insults the intelligence of every fan and the public and is a stain on the reputation of an institution set up with egalitarian aims at its heart." In contrast to Chelsea's inquiry, there is little transparency about the one currently being carried out by celtic. McGuire says that in the two years since it began none of his clients have been contacted in connection with it. Sadly there is still a coterie of celtic fans who persist in treating the scandal as some kind of conspiracy against the club. They defend the club's legalistic refusal of any responsibility though the Boys Club status as nursery club for the senior side is well known. Among other things, the two clubs shared a common child protection policy, entitled 'Aware and Confident'. celtic's defenders remind me of the Irish-American politicians who defended Cardinal Law of Boston's handling of child abuse in the diocese on the grounds that the media had it in for the Catholic Church. This stuff does not age well. Some things are more important than the eternal round of sectarian Scottish shit-kicking. Such reactions are not confined to celtic fans. Adam Breeze, a Crewe fan for 38 years who stopped supporting the club due to its response to the Bennell case, described how he was "accused of being a fake fan and worse by supporters who cannot countenance their club ever doing wrong. I believe the majority of Crewe fans are decent, fair-minded folk who want the truth, but there is a sizable faction who think every journalist is out to get them and every article is fake news." The attitude of that minority is rooted in their affection for Dario Gradi, Crewe manager for almost 30 years, who brought Bennell to the club and has been accused of turning a blind eye to his proclivities. These allegations led to Gradi being suspended from football by the FA in November 2016, yet he remains Director of Football at Crewe. The moral bankruptcy of this decision has now been further underlined by the findings of the inquiry at Chelsea. Because if there is a smoking gun in the report it is the finding that "Mr Gradi is the single example of a clear account of an adult in a position of responsibility being informed about an allegation in relation to Mr Heath. The complaint was not referred to more senior members of the club and an opportunity to prevent Mr Heath going on to abuse others was lost." That refers to a complaint in the early 1970s by a father whose son had been sexually assaulted in the showers by Heath. Gradi's reaction was to go to the child's parents because he didn't want the matter to go any further. "I'd got no intention of getting Eddie Heath into trouble," he recalled to the inquiry, "I don't remember being horrified by it. To be quite honest I think I would have tried to stand up for Eddie Heath a bit." The boy's father remembers that in their meeting, "Gradi was defending what had happened." Gradi told the enquiry, "the boy was blaming the sexual stuff going against him as a footballer." Gradi is a figure of considerable standing within football, an MBE, a member of the English Football Hall of Fame, a winner of a PFA Merit Award and an award for Outstanding Contribution to League Football. There is even a street in Crewe, Dario Gradi Drive, named after him. This standing rested largely on his reputation as a nurturer of young talent. Yet it is now clear that he should have never been put in a position where he had responsibility for teenage boys. Many more reputations will have to be re-evaluated before the whole truth about football and sexual abuse comes out. FA chairman Greg Clarke is not exaggerating when he describes it as the biggest crisis to hit the game. His observation that "All the organisations in the old days used to protect themselves by keeping quiet and closing ranks. That's completely inappropriate and unacceptable today," is apposite. In the past the football authorities have been part of the problem. Ian Ackley, who was abused by a coach connected with Manchester City and spoke about it in a Channel 4 documentary as long ago as 1997, said the Association had been "dismissive" when his father had written to them about child protection deficiencies within the game back then. This was a problem no-one wanted to face up to. And, just as the secretive and hierarchical nature of the Catholic Church facilitated the cover-up of abuse within its ranks, something about football clubs may have helped Bennell, Heath and Torbett to operate with impunity. The game's cult of machismo must have made it more difficult for victims to admit to something they felt would be regarded as shameful. The code of omerta which prevails at clubs would also have militated against exposure of the culprits. That coaches had the power to make and break the careers of the boys in their charge must have been a godsend to abusers. So must a tolerance of bullying unusual in most other walks of life. Last week also saw the publication of a report Chelsea commissioned from Barnardos which revealed that in the 1980s and '90s racial abuse of young players had been commonplace. It was a rotten culture exploited by the very rottenest of men. There are no partisan conclusions to be drawn because there are probably few clubs unaffected at some level. Ireland has not escaped the scourge. Rugby and Gaelic games also have their tragic tales of abusers allowed free rein for far too long. This is the saddest sporting story of all. But it cannot be ignored. When football's future histories are written Andy Woodward should have a prominent place. He has done the game some service.
  6. https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/53196/abuse-at-celtic-boys-club ABUSE AT celtic BOYS CLUB EDM #2652 Share Tabled 24 July 2019 2017-19 Session That this House notes the persistent calls for an inquiry into claims that young boys were abused at celtic Boys Club over a number of years; acknowledges that several men have been convicted for sex offences while working at the Boys Club; and supports the calls made in recent weeks for celtic FC to follow clubs such as Manchester City and agree that an inquiry would be a suitable if long overdue attempt to bring some form of closure to survivors. Signatures (2) Supporters (2) Withdrawn Signatures (0) The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion. 1 Campbell, Mr Gregory Democratic Unionist Party 24 July 2019 Primary 2 Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party
  7. Lifted this from ff https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/celtic-boys-club-player-abused-during-us-tour-ddhn0hv52 celtic Boys Club player ‘abused during US tour’ Marc Horne July 26 2019, 12:01am, The Times Parkhead officials allegedly tried to suppress the claims of a sex attack Parkhead officials allegedly tried to suppress the claims of a sex attack LEE SMITH/REUTERS Share Save Detectives in the United States have launched an investigation into an alleged sex attack on a celtic Boys Club player that former Parkhead bosses are said to have attempted to suppress. Frank Cairney, a former manager of the boys club and a serial paedophile, was jailed in February for preying on vulnerable young players in his care. Jack McGinn, the former celtic FC chairman, has admitted he was told that Cairney had abused a teenager on a tour to New Jersey in summer 1991, 30 years before he was brought to justice. It prompted Mr McGinn, who became president of the Scottish FA, to convene a meeting at Parkhead where he accepted Cairney’s resignation. Mr McGinn’s involvement appears at odds with celtic FC’s insistence that the club is an “entirely separate organisation” not legally culpable for the abuse. He claims that he urged boys club officials to alert police but they did not, allowing Cairney to walk free. “Pressure of work” was cited as the reason for his sudden departure. Mr McGinn, 86, spoke out after US police confirmed they were investigating the incident in 1991 after receiving fresh information. George King, chief of police for Kearny, New Jersey, said: “The Kearny police department detective bureau is reviewing this information and is in consultation with the Hudson County prosecutors office.” Cairney led a party of 20 teenagers and five adults who were based in the town during a visit to mark the 25th anniversary of the boys club. Jim McNally, a former boys’ club official, contacted celtic FC looking for help after being made aware of the abuse claims in New Jersey. On his return, he went to celtic Park where he claimed Mr McGinn showed him a copy of Cairney’s resignation letter, which suggested a promotion at Cairney’s day job had left him unable to continue. Asked this week by The Times if it was an accurate summary of the meeting and the contents of the letter Mr McGinn said: “After a fashion. It could be or it could be vaguely different.” Four men who held senior roles with celtic Boys Club have been convicted for abusing dozens of children over three decades. While expressing “regret and sorrow” for the victims, celtic FC insists it is not legally responsible. Mr McGinn supports celtic’s position that it is a separate body, despite his intervention and prominent role in Cairney’s departure. “The celtic Boys Club people spoke to me for advice because they are a separate, autonomous body,” he said. “My advice was to take the matter to the police.” He added: “In actual fact the resignation came of [Cairney’s] own will.” The Times understands that police in Scotland were never informed. celtic FC, which is conducting an internal investigation into abuse within the boys’ club, did not respond to a request for comment. Behind the story Frank Cairney had a treat up his sleeve for the 25th anniversary of celtic Boys Club: he would take 20 players for a summer of sport and American hospitality in Kearny, a town in New Jersey with Scottish and Irish links. “Roll on June!”, he wrote in his column in celtic View, the official newspaper of celtic FC, in 1991. Just before their flight home a 16-year-old player told his host family, Pat and Diane Brannigan, that Cairney had sexually assaulted him in the basement of their home. Outraged, they called the police and a lawyer. Jim McNally, a boys’ club official on the trip, was advised that the boy would be taken into protective custody if he made a formal complaint. He phoned celtic FC for assistance and says he was told that the parents were happy to leave the matter in the club’s hands on the condition that Cairney was removed. Mr McNally claims that Jack McGinn, the celtic FC chairman, showed him a copy of Cairney’s resignation letter. Twenty-eight years later Cairney was jailed for abusing boys.
  8. Hollicom are getting everything they can deleted from internet cover up in full swing now. Michelle Gray and 2 others liked Andrew Grays Mum @HeleneG46816352 Strange this article is now unavailable online? Thankfully we have a copy of it @CelticFC @HollicomPR @ScottishFA @scotgov 5 Men. 5 Decades. 1 Club #CelticBoysClub Jim Tor Michelle Gray and 2 others liked Andrew Grays Mum @HeleneG46816352 Strange this article is now unavailable online? Thankfully we have a copy of it @CelticFC @HollicomPR @ScottishFA @scotgov 5 Men. 5 Decades. 1 Club #CelticBoysClub Jim Torbett Frank Cairney Jim McCafferty Gerry King John Cullen The BIGGEST cover up of CSA in WORLD SPORT! 2:03 PM · Jul 20, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone bett Frank Cairney Jim McCafferty Gerry King John Cullen The BIGGEST cover up of CSA in WORLD SPORT! 2:03 PM · Jul 20, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone
  9. Cairney fails in attempt to get out of jail again, filthy bheast. https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/4499428/celtic-boys-club-frank-cairney-freedom-rejected/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1563448247 celtic Boys Club beast Frank Cairney had his second bid to be released from jail kicked out of court. The disgraced ex-coach had applied for bail while he challenges his conviction for preying on lads in the 1980s. Lawyers acting for the 84-year-old told the Appeal Court in Edinburgh that “Cairney’s heart problems meant that he was not a flight risk.” At a brief hearing at the Court of Session his lawyer said: “Mr Cairney suffers with heart problems and these ongoing issues mean he isn’t a flight risk. “Also, the risk of him reoffending is low. These offences are historical and took place some time ago. “He does have a fixed address and in relation to one of the victims who gave evidence its now came to light to this person has a conviction for dishonesty. “We don’t know to what extent this person's evidence was used as corroboration for the others.” Cairney was convicted of sickening attacks on young boys while running St Columba's Boys Guild in Viewpark, Lanarkshire, and the under-16 team at celtic BC. He was convicted of nine offences against eight boys in his care. Appeal Judge Lord Turnbull took just minutes to reject the application. He said “Mr Cairney was convicted on indictment as liable to nasty charges which also involved a breach of trust. The trial sheriff took all these matters into account at the time of sentencing. “I have to consider a number of factors when considering whether to liberate him from custody including the very serious nature of the offences. “I’m satisfied the application should not be granted and I therefore reject it.”
  10. Its a disgrace how they are being treated by the SNP govt they are just being blanked altogether when they should be given assurances that there will be a full independent inquiry on completion of investigations. I have seen with my own eyes the effect that stress can have on peoples health the SNP better watch out or they could end up with blood on their hands.
  11. John@TheWestEnclosure@watt_john Replying to @BOSkelper @RedBrickz26 Release of SFA report will not be end of August as promised but next year,2 more historic abuse in football cases still to be heard.celtic victims been told get ready to go to court very soon,which contradicts my original thoughts that they would settle.
  12. Lifted this from a ff poster. Got this response from Brian Whittle MSP Waiting on a few others Thank you for writing to me with your concerns surrounding historical child abuse within Scottish football. The reports that have emerged in recent years are extremely distressing, and while it is welcome that Jim Torbett and others have been convicted for their depraved acts, this issue clearly goes wider. Any further allegations of criminality must be swiftly investigated by the police so that further criminal proceedings can be brought where necessary. The Scottish Football Association’s Chief Executive has apologised to those young people who suffered sexual abuse in football and I think he was right to do so. The Independent Review of Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football commissioned by the SFA found child protection policies at all levels were and still are not fit for purpose. The report has made a number of recommendations to address this and I believe they should be implemented as soon as possible. It is vital that we in Parliament play our part in holding the SFA and other bodies to account on this. Further to this, my colleague Adam Tomkins, MSP for Glasgow, has written to Ian Maxwell, chief executive of the SFA and to Peter Lawwell, chief executive of celtic FC to seek urgent meetings on this subject. Through a series of criminal trials, we now know something of the scale of the abuse committed by a number of the men associated with celtic boys’ club. What we do not know is what celtic FC knew about these offences and when they knew it. These questions must now be independently and fully investigated and, if necessary, a compensation scheme should be established such as that set up earlier this year by Manchester City FC. It is clear that victims of child abuse in football have been let down, and I very much hope Police Scotland, clubs and the SFA will give them the closure they need and the justice they deserve. Please be assured the Scottish Conservatives will closely monitor developments on this matter over the coming weeks and months. Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me. Yours sincerely, Brian Whittle MSP
  13. Keep your mouth shut about celtics child abuse or we we will find a way to punish you is the message.
  14. More victims of McCafferty have come forward, raising the prospect of further convictions for the beast 10:33 AM · May 28, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone
  15. Nothing Less Than Judicial Inquiry Will Do Judicial inquiry definition - A formal legal investigation conducted into a matter of public concern by a judge, appointed by the Government. Back in the mid 90’s, when Billy McNeill stated under oath in a court of law that “It was an open secret at Parkhead”, it was also fast becoming an open secret on the football terraces around Scotland. For over 20 years now, ordinary fans of our beautiful game the length and breadth of the country have been demanding that the relevant authorities take action with regards to the sexual abuse of children in the care of celtic FC. Shamefully, and until this day, requests to the Scottish Football Association to carry out the proper investigation required against one of their member clubs has been completely ignored. In the name of ‘sporting integrity’, this lack of action from the SFA is inexcusable. Latterly, similar requests to Police Scotland and their predecessor (Strathclyde Police) were also met with reluctance to get involved. When Jim Torbett was first tried in 1998, Hugh Birt (former celtic Boys Club Chairman) revealed in court that he had attempted to block Torbett’s return to the club in 1980 by reminding the then celtic FC board of Directors of the sexual abuse previously carried out by Torbett (between 1967-74), behaviour which led him to being kicked out of the Boys Club by the then celtic FC board of Directors and club Manager Jock Stein. Torbett’s criminal activity, which occurred between 1967-74 was never disclosed to the police by those in charge at celtic. In 1995, a celtic fan by the name of Gerry McSherry was given a list of 14 active paedophiles at celtic FC and celtic Boys Club by Hugh Birt who was by then so sickened by the continued cover up at celtic FC. Mr McSherry presented this information to Strathclyde Police who in turn only arrested 2 individuals, Jim Torbett & Frank Cairney. It took the bravery of several professional football players in England speaking out in November 2016 on the sexual abuse that they had suffered in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s to finally spur Police Scotland and the SFA to start taking complaints seriously. This, largely being down to the fact that it was fast becoming clear that there were many links between celtic FC and paedophile activity in English football. To date, the following 6 paedophiles connected to celtic FC have been convicted of sexual abuse of children in their care: Jim Torbett - (celtic Boys Club) John Cullen - (celtic FC) Neil Strachan - (celtic East Boys Club – Edinburgh) Jim McCafferty - (celtic FC) Gerald King - (celtic Boys Club) Frank Cairney - (celtic Boys Club) The further recent revelation that Jim McCafferty confessed to Belfast Live in 2016 that John Hughes (former celtic FC football player 1995-96) had also indulged in the sexual abuse of children during his time as Manger of Hibernian FC (1996-2000) makes you wonder just who was on that list of 14 names handed over and how many more lives may not now lie in ruins if the police had taken the necessary action at the time. It is no surprise to those that have been calling on action for decades that the sexual abuse of children at celtic FC and celtic Boys Club, which included sexual assault on celtic FC’s premises by celtic FC employees and others, is now being classed as a ‘paedophile ring’ and further investigations are ongoing into cross-border sex trafficking crimes between those paedophiles connected with celtic FC and Barry Bennell at Crewe and Bob Higgins at Southampton. What is equally frightening and disgusting is the growing list of people in positions of power at celtic FC who knew of the ongoing sexual abuse of children at the club yet refused to take the correct and moral action of reporting these crimes to the police. Robert Kelly - Chairman Desmond White - Chairman Jack McGinn - Chairman Kevin Kelly - Chairman Fergus McCann - Chairman Jock Stein - Manager Billy McNeill - Manager Liam Brady - Manager Lou Macari - Manager Tommy Burns - Manager All of the above people knew what was going on. Billy McNeill admitted it was an ‘open secret’ and Jock Stein instructed others to ‘keep the name of the club clean’. Why have the police at the very least never investigated these people? Every one of them still living should currently be facing charges of failing to report the systematic sexual abuse of children to the authorities. They have knowingly aided and abetted the continued sexual abuse of children. The Scottish mainstream media have also failed to act responsibly in this whole sorry mess. There has been a distinct reluctance in the media to firstly investigate the issue to the degree required and secondly, rather than do the job they are paid to do, some journalists(?) like Neil Cameron find the bizarre need to make crass comments accusing victim’s families of “exploiting the situation for financial gain”. The utterly repulsive Graham Spiers further suggests that football fans speaking out against the sexual abuse of children are only doing so in an attempt at “point scoring against celtic”. Such is Spiers’ media history of defending paedophiles, he may well soon be receiving a knock on the door from East Ayrshire Social Services department given the increasing concern he generates over the wellbeing of his children. If the media in Scotland had been doing their job properly your average member of the public wouldn’t have needed to campaign for over 2 decades for action to be taken. The media inaction has also facilitated the ongoing needless continued abuse of children in what is now widely regarded as the greatest sporting scandal in European (if not world) history. The Scottish Government have fared no better. The SNP, who have long coveted the Catholic/Republican vote in Scotland in an effort to boost their failing drive for independence at all costs have absolutely no desire to get involved in the celtic FC scandal as it is not in their best interests. That they would rather strive for independence than investigate a decades long known paedophile ring in Scottish football with links to sex trafficking across the UK tells you all you need to know of that party and their lack of scruples. The only way to reach full closure on the sordid history of celtic FC is for a full judicial inquiry into the paedophile ring that has been operating in and around celtic FC for the last 40 years. The truth needs to come out on the scale of the operation and who at celtic FC knew about it yet decided to cover it up. All individuals (still living) identified as covering up these abhorrent crimes should face criminal prosecution for their inaction. On completion of such an inquiry, the SFA, in the interests of sporting integrity, should impose suitable punitive measures against celtic FC. If the SFA are unwilling to do so then UEFA must step in and impose the required punishments on both celtic FC and the SFA. Nothing less will do. https://www.vanguardbears.co.uk/article.php?i=267&a=nothing-less-than-judicial-inquiry-will-do
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