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Police probe leading figure in Premier League after being accused of raping two teenage girls

Police probe a leading figure in Premier League football with the man in question being accused of raping two teenage girls.

The Athletic report that the individual, who was interviewed recently by the police over a rape allegation, faces another investigation into a separate allegation that he had raped a 15-year-old girl.

Detectives will examine the ongoing complaint, with the figure – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was being investigated by another police force at the same time for an alleged rape and possible child-sex offence from back in the 1990s.

The second alleged victim, ‘Woman B’, got in contact with the police force towards the end of 2021 and her relevant complaint was sent to their specialist unit for investigating sexual offences against under-16s. She also claims that the rape took place at the male’s home.

Detectives investigating Woman B’s complaint realised that it was affected by a legal rule under the 1956 Sexual Offences Act, which was the UK parliament’s legislation for England and Wales at the time.

Police informed Woman B that she had taken too long to file her complaint as the legislation states that if the alleged offence took place between 1956 and 2004.

The alleged victim was a girl aged 13 to 15 and had to make a complaint within a year.

This time limit was then subsequently abandoned when the 2003 Sexual Offences Act came into place in May 2004, however this would still apply if the alleged offence had taken place between the previous timescale.

Police described this as complex and following a decision made by the Crown Prosecution Service, no further action was taken in the case of Woman B.  The male was not arrested as a result.

Victims of alleged sexual offences are granted anonymity for life under UK law and as The Athletic claim to know the identity of the man, they aren’t able to reveal his identity because of privacy rules in the UK to grant anonymity to suspects in the early stages of a police investigation.

That will remain the case unless the person in question is charged with a criminal offence.

“Following a complex initial investigation and consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, no arrests were made and no prosecution was pursued,” read a statement from the police force that dealt with Woman B’s complaint (the name of the force cannot be mentioned for legal reasons). “No investigation is ever closed and should new lines of enquiry emerge, the investigation could be reviewed.”

An FA spokesman in a statement: “We have robust safeguarding measures in place, and all referrals in to us are handled in line with our policies and procedures,. We investigate and assess all allegations and concerns about individuals who may pose a risk of harm to children and adults in football and, where applicable, can impose proportionate safeguarding measures in accordance with FA safeguarding regulations. We do not comment on individual cases.”

The man in question still works in football and has not been subject to these measures.

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Rape and sexual abuse helplines

For Women (See below for Rape, Sexual Abuse & Personal Safety Abroad) 

NHS 

Help after rape and sexual assault

Sexual Abuse Referral Centres – Find a SARC

Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens.  Don’t be afraid to get help.

SARCs are specialist medical and forensic services for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.  They aim to be one-stop service, providing the following under one roof: medical care and forensic examination following assault/rape and, in some locations, sexual health services. Medical Services are free of charge and provided to women, men, young people and children.

Rape Crisis (England and Wales)

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Support outside England and Wales

Rape Crisis England & Wales is the charity working to end sexual violence and abuse.  We provide specialist information and support to all those affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and all other forms of sexual violence and abuse in England and Wales.  We are also the membership organisation for 39 Rape Crisis centres.  Together, we aim to educate, influence and make change.

Victim Support

Supportline:   08 08 16 89 111

Rape and sexual assault

Our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who’s been raped or sexually assaulted, now or in the past. We can help, regardless of whether you have told the police or anyone else about the attack.  Our volunteers can visit you at home (if you want us to, and if doing so will not put you at further risk) or somewhere else if you prefer. If you don’t want to see anyone face-to-face, you can also talk to us on the ‘phone, either at one of our local offices or at the national Victim Supportline.

The Survivors Trust

Helpline:  0808 801 0818

Text:  07860 022956

www.thesurvivorstrust.org 

Find support

Rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status.  Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. We believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report.

Women’s Aid Federation

www.womensaid.org.uk

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Women’s Aid is the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year.  We work to end violence against women and children.

For Men

Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Support

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National online helpline

We are here for any man, boy or non-binary person who has ever experienced unwanted sexual activity (such as words, images or touch).  We can chat with you here through webchat, or by texting.

There’s no pressure or judgement when you contact us – you get to stay in control.  You can reach out as little or often as you like.  You may not be sure if we’re the right service for you. No problem, contact us anyway, and we’ll do our best to help or point you in the right direction.

Rape Crisis (England and Wales)

Helpline:  0808 500 2222 (24/7)

www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Want to talk?

Rape Crisis England & Wales is the charity working to end sexual violence and abuse.  We provide specialist information and support to all those affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and all other forms of sexual violence and abuse in England and Wales.  We are also the membership organisation for 39 Rape Crisis centres. Together, we aim to educate, influence and make change.

Rape, Sexual Abuse & Personal Safety Abroad 

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Rape & Sexual Assault Abroad – Returning to the UK

Support for British Nationals Abroad

Rape and sexual assault can happen to women and men of all ages and backgrounds. While most visits abroad are trouble-free, we are becoming more aware of people being sexually assaulted whilst they are overseas.  Sexual assault is a very traumatic experience whenever and wherever it happens, but the trauma can be made even more difficult to deal with when it happens abroad.  We will be as helpful as we can to anyone who tells us they have had sex against their wishes or been attacked by someone wanting sex.

Personal Safety Advice Abroad

When travelling abroad, most people are keen to relax and unwind. Travellers, tourists and foreign businessmen and women can be prime targets for criminals, however. In order to minimise stress on your holiday or trip, take time to plan your personal safety strategy in advance. From keeping your valuables safe to avoiding violence, a little forethought may save you from becoming a victim of crime.

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