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The FA apologises to abuse survivors after Sheldon report findings published

The Football Association (FA) chief executive Mark Bullingham has apologised to the survivors of child sexual abuse in football after the independent review found the governing body did not do enough to protect children between 1995 and 2000.

The FA apologises to abuse survivors after Sheldon report findings published

The review, which was conducted over a four-year period, saw a 707-page report published on Wednesday, which detailed the failings from the FA ver their handling of complaints with regards to child sexual abuse taking place in the sport.

Clive Sheldon QC, who independently conducted the review as instructed by the FA, described the organisation as having "significant institutional failings for which their is no excuse."

Bullingham accepted the findings in the report and supported the recommendations made by Sheldon in full to improve the overall safeguarding in the game.

"You have the deepest admiration of the FA. Your bravery throughout this process has been incredible. Your voices have been so powerful," said Bullingham, talking specifically to the survivors in a statement.

"I'd like to start by giving a heartfelt apology on behalf of the Football Association and the English game to all survivors, that this happened to you within football. No child should ever have experienced the abuse you did.

"What you went through was horrific and it is deeply upsetting that more was not done by the game at the time, to give you the protection you deserved."

Bullingham added: "While we recognise how courageous it was for you to come forward, it's important to recognise that good has come from this bravery.

"You have been trailblazers in shining a spotlight on the horrifying abuse that you suffered while playing the game you loved. Without your testimonies, we would not have this understanding, and I would personally like to thank you all for your involvement, contributions and your honesty.

"Most importantly, detailing these crimes and the manipulative behaviour behind them, will help to ensure that abuse is less likely to happen in the future."

Author: Jake Wilkin