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

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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