Chelsea have been rocked by legal claims made by three former youth players relating to alleged racist abuse by the club’s coaches.
Graham Rix, who spent six months in prison for sexual offences in 1999, and Gwyn Williams are accused of horrific abuse of black players that included physical attacks. Rix, the then youth-team coach, even allegedly threw hot coffee in one player’s face.
The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor reports that after a seven-month investigation, the police decided there was not enough evidence to take action. But an internal inquiry has been launched by Chelsea, while two of the players have been interviewed by the FA. The club have also offered at least one of the players counselling.
Ex-Chelsea coaches Graham Rix (L) and Gwyn Williams (R), pictured at the FA Cup final in 200, have been accused of bullying and racism
Rix pictured watching Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in September 2017