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Chelsea vow to assist in abuse allegations against former coaches

Chelsea vow to assist in abuse allegations against former coaches
From ESPN - January 12, 2018

LONDON -- Chelsea have pledged to assist the football authorities after allegations of racist and physical abuse against former coaches Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams, made by three former youth team players, surfaced on Friday.

A report in The Guardian revealed that Chelsea received a letter in February initiating a civil claim and detailing the allegations, which date from the 1990s and include accusations of numerous racist comments made by both men towards the young prospects, as well as claims of physical attacks by Rix.

The allegations against Rix relate to his time as Chelsea youth team coach. He is accused of persistently directing racist epithets and insults towards the black players under his authority, while it is also claimed that he punched, kicked and threw a cup of hot coffee into the face of one player who challenged him about his conduct.

Williams, a close friend of former Chelsea chairman Ken Bates who served as the club's chief scout and assistant manager during a 27-year spell at Stamford Bridge, is not accused of any physical assaults, but it is alleged that he subjected black youth players to sustained racist abuse.

The Guardian report that police concluded there was insufficient evidence to take criminal action against Rix and Williams after a seven-month investigation, but two of the players involved have been interviewed by the Football Association's safeguarding team.

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