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FA’s Greg Clarke says he cannot rule out sex abuse cover-up

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The FA chairman says he doesn’t know if sex abuse in football was covered up, calling it “the biggest crisis I can remember”.

Greg Clarke promised to fully disclose any conclusions reached by an independent inquiry and act upon them.

Asked if he could rule out a cover-up, Mr Clarke said: “I don’t know if there was a cover-up or not, I really don’t know.

“My methodology is, if there’s a problem, run towards it, embrace it, fix it, disclose everything that happened.

“I think institutionally all organisations in the old days used to protect themselves by keeping quiet and closing ranks.

“That’s completely inappropriate and unacceptable today”.

He said he wasn’t “ruling out anything because I haven’t got the facts yet”

The scandal that started with harrowing tales of abuse made by former players against former football coach and convicted paedophile Barry Bennell has expanded and is rocking British football.

The Football Association announced it was launching an inquiry into the allegations and the Professional Footballers’ Association said more than 20 players have come forward to seek help over the abuse.

“It’s certainly the biggest [crisis] I can remember,” said Mr Clarke.

“I think the moral consequences of failing to deal with some of these issues in the past we must get to the bottom of it.”

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Inflation rate falls to 1.7%

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 The office for National statistics says the consumer price index is 1.7%-down from 2.1% – in August

Head of inflation at ONS Mike Hardie said: “The inflation rate has fallen noticeably into August, to its lowest since late 2016. This was mainly driven by a decrease in computer game prices, plus clothing prices rising by less than year after the end of the summer sales.

“Annual growth in house prices slowed to its lowest rate since September 2012, with four of the nine English regions now seeing prices falling over the year”.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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