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Bob Higgins cuddled boys on his sofa, ex-footballer tells court

Jury hears how former youth football coach had preferred players known as ‘Bob’s boys’A former professional footballer has told a jury that a former Southampton youth coach accused of child sexual abuse offences would cuddle up to his favourite players…

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Football coach Kit Carson pleads not guilty to child sexual offences

Well-known scout, 74, faces multiple charges over alleged offences between 1978 and 2009A youth football coach and scout credited with helping launch the careers of several professional players has appeared in court charged with sexual offences against…

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Youth football coach charged with child sex offences against 11 boys

Kit Carson is alleged to have committed the offences between 1978 and 2009 A youth football coach has been charged with child sex offences against 11 boys. Kit Carson, 74, is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to enga…

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Former academy director’s file handed to CPS in football sexual abuse inquiry

• Kit Carson was academy director at Peterborough from 1993 to 2001• Carson, who also worked at Cambridge and Norwich, was arrested in JanuaryPolice have submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service following the arrest of a hugely respected youth…

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Former academy director’s file handed to CPS in football sexual abuse inquiry

• Kit Carson was academy director at Peterborough from 1993 to 2001• Carson, who also worked at Cambridge and Norwich, was arrested in JanuaryPolice have submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service following the arrest of a hugely respected youth…

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Bob Higgins, former Southampton youth coach, denies child sexual abuse charges

Higgins faces 65 counts of non-recent sexual abuse against 23 boys Case to be tried at Winchester crown courtThe former Southampton youth coach Bob Higgins has appeared before magistrates charged with 65 sexual offences against boys as young as 12.Higg…

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Jockey Club reins in alcohol consumption at Cheltenham festival

Decision by organiser of horse-racing event follows inappropriate behaviour by footballers and reality stars last year

By the time the first race got under way, many hundreds of pints had already been knocked back and a fair few punters were distinctly merry. As the day wore on, bar floors became sticky with spilled alcohol, tills heaved with beer money and frazzled staff were working hard to clear wine and champagne empties.

“I don’t see much difference to previous years to be honest,” said Jimmy Jones, a businessman who usually takes a cheeky day off to enjoy a bet with his mates at the Cheltenham festival.

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Former player angry ‘nothing was done’ after alleging abuse by Bob Higgins

Former Peterborough youth player went to club four years ago with detailed complaint alleging he was groomed and brainwashed by coach but despite claims being passed to police and FA no action was then taken

A former youth footballer has expressed devastation that no action was taken after he made a formal and detailed complaint four years ago about the abuse he suffered at one of the clubs now at the centre of the scandal that has engulfed the sport.

The player, who was a rising star in Peterborough United’s youth set-up in the mid-1990s, went to the club in 2013 with serious complaints about how he was treated by Bob Higgins, one of the coaches now facing multiple allegations.

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Ex-Peterborough coach arrested in historical abuse investigation

Michael Sean ‘Kit’ Carson, 73, held in Cambridge on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault

A hugely respected youth football coach credited with helping launch the careers of a string of household names has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual offences.

“Kit” Carson, 73, whose real name is Michael Sean Carson, was arrested in Cambridge on Friday. He was being questioned on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.

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Ex-Peterborough coach arrested in historical abuse investigation

Michael Sean ‘Kit’ Carson, 73, held in Cambridge on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault

A hugely respected youth football coach credited with helping launch the careers of a string of household names has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual offences.

“Kit” Carson, 73, whose real name is Michael Sean Carson, was arrested in Cambridge on Friday. He was being questioned on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.

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Ex-Peterborough coach arrested in historical abuse investigation

Michael Sean ‘Kit’ Carson, 73, held in Cambridge on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault

A hugely respected youth football coach credited with helping launch the careers of a string of household names has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual offences.

“Kit” Carson, 73, whose real name is Michael Sean Carson, was arrested in Cambridge on Friday. He was being questioned on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.

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Former Peterborough player expresses anger that Bob Higgins carried on coaching

• Footballer appeared on 1997 Dispatches programme about sex abuse
• Former Peterborough youth team player: ‘What he did was disgusting’

A former youth footballer who spoke out two decades ago about Bob Higgins, the coach named in connection with allegations of historical sexual abuse, has expressed anger that the coach was allowed to continue to work in the game until now.

Related: Matt Le Tissier accuses ex-Southampton coach of ‘very wrong’ actions

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Southampton FC trainer named in connection with abuse allegations

Hampshire police confirmed Bob Higgins, who trained young footballers in the 1980s, was mentioned in connection with historical child sex abuse allegationsA former youth development officer at Southampton FC has been named in connection with allegation…

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Southampton FC trainer named in connection with abuse allegations

Hampshire police confirmed Bob Higgins, who trained young footballers in the 1980s, was mentioned in connection with historical child sex abuse allegationsA former youth development officer at Southampton FC has been named in connection with allegation…

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Football abuse: from one lone voice to a national scandal

Two weeks after Andy Woodward told of his sexual abuse as a young player, English football faces the worst crisis in its history

It began with the former footballer Andy Woodward bravely stepping out of the shadows to describe to the Guardian the sexual abuse he endured as a young player. Two weeks on it has spiralled into a scandal engulfing clubs and communities across the UK.

By Friday, 18 police forces were investigating leads from at least 350 alleged victims, the NSPCC children’s charity was processing almost 1,000 reports to a hotline and one of the world’s most famous clubs, Chelsea, was facing questions about whether it had tried to hush up abuse allegations.

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Ched Evans: footballer found not guilty of rape in retrial

Welsh international’s conviction quashed after judges let complainant’s former partners give evidence about her sex life

The international footballer Ched Evans has been found not guilty at his retrial of raping a 19-year-old waitress in a hotel room after a drunken night out with former club-mates.

Evans spent two and a half years in prison for rape but his original conviction was quashed by the appeal court following a high-profile and well-funded campaign by family and friends that included the offer of a £50,000 reward for information leading to his acquittal.

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Ched Evans jury warned not to research rape case

Jurors hearing footballer’s retrial told they could be jailed if they ignore judge’s instructions

Jurors hearing the retrial of the international footballer Ched Evans on a charge of rape have been warned not to carry out their own research on the case.

The prosecution is due to begin its case against the 27-year-old former Manchester City striker at Cardiff crown court on Tuesday afternoon. Evans denies rape.

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Paul Gascoigne pleads guilty to racially aggravated offence

Former footballer admits using threatening or abusive words or behaviour after comments he made during show

The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated offence.

Gascoigne, 49, admitted using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour” during An Evening With Gazza in Wolverhampton.

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All-female crew arrive in Cornwall after rowing across the Atlantic

Five women survive storms and cramped conditions to become first to complete the west-to-east routeThey battled storm-force winds, stomach-churning seas and the challenge of being confined in a tiny boat on a big ocean for 49 days, often in sodden and …

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Wales manager Chris Coleman offered freedom of Swansea

Swansea-born manager is offered freedom of city after leading Wales football team to semi-finals of Euro 2016A city more famous for its connections to Dylan Thomas is to bestow an honour on a football hero.The Wales manager, Chris Coleman, is to be off…