Former striker Paul Stewart of Tottenham Hotspur and two other ex-players came forward to confess about sexual abuse that they suffered when they were children by youth coaches.
Capped 3 times by the England team, Paul Stewart said that he was subjected to the assault repeatedly by a man who threatened to kill his entire family if he told someone.
The 52-year-old striker who has also represented Liverpool and Manchester City is not the only one. Crewe Alexandra players Andy Woodward and Steve Walters have earlier spoke about the abuse that they suffered.
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“The mental scars actually led me into other problems with drugs and drinks,” Stewart told Wednesday’s Daily Mirror.
“I know now that it was a grooming process. The level of abuse got worse by the day.
“I wanted people to know how difficult it was to come forward. It stirred up a lot of my past. I thought I had buried it.”
Stewart also mentioned that he was not the only one to be abused by the man, who he did not name. He was encouraged to speak after Woodward told The Guardian how he had suffered years of abuse at the hands of a convicted paedophile Barry Bennell. Barry was a former youth coach at Crewe.
Back in 1988, Barry was jailed for 9 years. He pleaded guilty to sexual offences against young boys. He was again imprisoned for 2 years in May 2015. It was in a historic sexual offence case against a boy and has also spent time in the US jail.
The Cheshire Police said that as many as 6 people have come forward to speak to them in the light of Woodward’s interview.