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‘So this is what it’s like to be famous,’ writes other Geraint Thomas

Welsh lecturer deluged with Twitter messages meant for Tour de France winnerHe prefers fast cars to speedy bicycles and counts joining a gym as his greatest athletic achievement.But because he shares a name with the winner of the Tour de France and has…

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Forest Green Rovers named world’s first UN certified carbon neutral football club

Gloucestershire-based League Two club powered by renewable energy and endorsed by Vegan SocietyA British professional football club that is powered by renewable energy and serves vegan food to players, staff and fans has received a prestigious United N…

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Ex-football coach Bob Higgins guilty of indecent assault

Winchester jury find 65-year-old not guilty of another charge and are still considering 48 countsThe former Southampton and Peterborough United football coach Bob Higgins has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a schoolboy player.Higgins, 65, wa…

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Bob Higgins told alleged abuse victim he loved him, court hears

Former football coach is said to have begged Billy Seymour not to leave SouthamptonA former youth football coach accused of sexually abusing a string of schoolboy players told one alleged victim he loved him and got down on his knees to beg him not to …

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Bob Higgins ‘stormed out’ when confronted by colleague, court hears

Former Southampton coach Bob Higgins denies 50 offences of indecent assault over 25 yearsThe former Southampton FC coach Bob Higgins, who is accused of sexually abusing schoolboy players, shouted and stormed out when a senior figure at the club confron…

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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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