Saturday, 7 September 2019

Celtic FC may face legal action


[Stephen Deal]

"Celtic FC could face legal action in the coming weeks over sexual abuse at Celtic Boys Club, a law firm has said."

"A solicitor representing abuse survivors said preparations are being made to bring a `small number` of test cases against the Scottish champions."

"A number of senior figures at the boys club which was not formally affiliated with Celtic FC, have been jailed for sex abuse.
Thompsons Solicitors represents more than 20 abuse survivors from the boys club. Patrick McGuire, a partner at Thompsons said: `Celtic lawyers have refused in any meaningful way to discuss these cases and we find ... the only way forward is to take a series of test cases to the courts`."

"James McCafferty a former youth coach, was jailed for more than six years in May after admitting a string of historic sex offences against boys. In February, former youth football boss Frank Cairney was jailed for four years while last November James Torbett, who was involved in setting up Celtic Boys Club, was jailed for six ears."

"During the summer, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said that the club had been conducting its own investigations for the last two years, led by a `wholly independent and experienced lawyer`."

[Metro September 4 2019]

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