All five Premier League clubs caught up in child sex abuse scandal
Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace football clubs have each had allegations made against former employees, police have confirmed.
Some of the oldest allegations go back to the 1960's.
London's Metropolitan Police Service said it was investigating 255 allegations of child sex abuse against individuals at 77 clubs.
Allegations have been made against all five Premier League clubs in the capital city, three clubs in the Championship, three in Leagues One and Two and 66 others.
Clubs involved in the police investigation range from professionals to amateur and youth.
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The first allegations of sex assault at a football club were made in November.
Police forces, NSPCC were subsequently “bombarded” by other players who made similar allegations, after the news broke.
Scotland Yard confirmed allegations have also been made against people working at other clubs around the UK.
Operation Hydrant, a UK-wide police investigation into historical child sex abuse, revealed the growing scale of the scandal engulfing the world of football.
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Some 429 victims – aged between four and 20 – have been identified by police along with 155 potential suspects, the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) saidy.
More and more people are expected to come forward as the investigation continues.
The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) said 98 clubs across the country and spanning all tiers of the game have been "impacted" and some 83 potential suspects have been identified.
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The NPCC said 98 per cent of those identified as potential victims are male with an age range at the time of the alleged abuse from as young as seven to 20.
Tottenham Hotspur said they had not been contacted by police regarding any allegations.
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