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FA inquiry leader receives counselling after hearing victims’ accounts of abuse

• Clive Sheldon QC has taken up the FA’s offer of support
• Independent inquiry has already met 15 survivors

The details relayed by child sex abuse victims to the Football Association’s independent inquiry are so harrowing that the barrister leading the investigation has begun seeing a counsellor to look after his own mental health.

Clive Sheldon QC and some members of his team have taken up the offer of psychological help, paid for by the FA, as part of the inquiry into abuse suffered by players from the 1970s to 2005. The inquiry, which began last December following allegations first made by Andy Woodward to the Guardian, has now met 15 survivors and will likely hear from a further 20 to 30 victims.

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