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Eric Bristow: “Footballers victims of child sex scandal as wimps”
- Updated: November 29, 2016
Eric Bristow claims footballers are not “proper men” amid abuse scandal.
Police forces are investigating claims made by over 20 former footballers who came forward to report allegations of sexual abuse in the sport.
In a series of bizarre tweets, 59-year-old Bristow claims that the victims should have gone back to ‘sort out’ the alleged abusers when they were older, said that footballers are ‘wimps’ and described the alleged abuser as a ‘poof’ before attempting to change his stance.
‘Might be a looney but if some football coach was touching me when I was a kid as I got older I would have went back and sorted that poof out,’ Bristow began his rant.
After claiming that footballers are ‘wimps’, Bristow, who was made MBE in 1989, carried on his tirade of tweets by suggesting the victims aren’t ‘proper men’ for not seeking revenge in their adulthood.
The 59-year-old for darts champions, who works for Sky Sports as a commentator, also believes victims shouldn’t be able to ‘look at themselves in the mirror’ for not ‘sorting out’ their abusers when they grew ‘older and fitter’.
Sky Sports have confirmed they have sacked Bristow as a pundit and commentator for their darts coverage, a spokesperson said: ‘He was a contributor to our darts coverage in the past but we will not be using him in the future.’
Of the 20 victims to contact the police, former England international Paul Stewart followed the lead of ex-Crewe footballers Andy Woodward and Steve Walters, as well as ex-Manchester City forward David White, by telling their stories of the harrowing sexual abuse they suffered as children, attempting to become professional sportsmen.
‘I’ve suffered for a long time,’ he told This Morning’s Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes. ‘I was inspired by Andy Woodward – he was the first to come out [with the allegations]. I was worried that his story may fade into insignificance if he didn’t get any support from anyone,’ the former Liverpool and Spurs man added.
‘After soul-searching and speaking to my family, I decided to tell my story.’
Stewart went on to pay homage to Woodward, the first man to publicly tell the story of how he was abused and tormented by former Crewe coach and youth football scout Barry Bennell.
The news comes as Bennell, the convicted Paedophile football coach, was taken to hospital after police responded to a ‘fear for welfare incident’.
A statement from Thames Valley Police said: ‘Police officers attended an address in Knebworth Park, Stevenage just before 11pm on Friday, November 25 in connection with a fear for welfare incident.
‘A 62-year-old man was located and was taken to hospital in order to receive medical treatment, where he remains.
‘At this stage of enquiries, it would be inappropriate to comment further.’