Football’s Child Abuse scandal and other stories

A report has found that the FA did not do enough to keep children safe between 1995-2000. Image source:

A four-year review report has concluded that the FA did not do enough to keep children safe between 1995-2000, however there was no evidence in the report to suggest that the FA knew about a problem of systemic child abuse. 

Clive Sheldon QC was appointed in December 2016 by the FA to undertake the independent review into sexual abuse allegations against coaches and scouts working with youth football teams between 1970 and 2005.

Sheldon published a 707 page report in which he outlined the FA’s “significant institutional failings”.

Sixty-two survivors of abuse and 157 others provided evidence for the investigation, with the report also adding 13 recommendations for the FA to improve safeguarding.

Racing Legend Sabine Schmitz dies at 51

Sabine Schmitz. Image Source: Wikimedia creative commons

Sabine Schmitz, a German racing legend and Top Gear regular dubbed the “Queen of the Nurburgring” has died after a battle with cancer.

Famous in part for being the only woman to win the 24 hours Nurburgring, Sabine Schmitz was a popular motorsports guest commentator, a German motoring show co-host, and a regular guest on BBC’s Top Gear, where she famously attempted to beat Jeremy Clarkson’s lap time in a Ford Transit van.

Schmitz estimated that she had completed over 20,000 laps of the Nurburgring circuit, one of the most challenging racetracks in the world.

In a Facebook post last year, Schmitz revealed that she had been suffering from “extremely persistent cancer” since 2017.

Cheltenham Festival day two

Rachel Blackmore has won the Balleymore Novices’ Hurdle, riding Bob Olinger, who she has described as an “unbelievable” horse with “sky-high” potential.

Monkfish, with Paul Townend, tentatively won the Brown Advisory Novices Chase with a scrappy jump over the final hurdle.

In the Coral Cup race, Heaven Help Us emerged the victor, with Richard Condon at the reigns.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is getting underway with Chacun Pour Soi as the favourite horse to win.

Tiger Roll is billed as the favourite for the Cross Country Chase at 15:40.

Champions League last-16 fixtures

Chelsea host Athletico Madrid in the second round of their Champions League tie, following a 1-0 win over the Spanish side in the first leg.

Chelsea will be without midfielders Jorginho and Mason Mount for the fixture at Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich take on Lazio with 4-1 lead from the first leg in Rome but have doubts over winger Coman and goalkeeper Neuer.

No side in the history of the competition has ever progressed from a knockout tie while being three goals down on aggregate following a home game.

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