Chelsea football club has issued a public apology to their ex-striker Gary Johnson on Saturday for the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player.
Gary Johnson , who played in the first team between 1978 and 1981 joined the blues 1970 when he was 11 and told a newspaper that he had been groomed from the age 13 by Heath who was the chief Scout from 1968 to 1979.
He said: “I felt shame, I felt my childhood had been taken away. I spent my late teens in turmoil, absolute turmoil.”
And speaking of the payment from his old club, he said: “I think that they were paying me to keep a lid on this.
“Millions of fans around the world watch Chelsea. They are one of the biggest and richest clubs in the world.
Gary recalled: “When we had summer holiday games, the kit locker was in the changing rooms and he was always there, you thought nothing of it then, but word was going around to be wary of him – but at 12 you did not know that meant. I was just too young.
“He came to the house to meet my parents, he would have been to a game.
“He built up a personal relationship with them. Then he would say, ‘I am going to a game, can I take Gary?’ and that was the start, I realize it is grooming now but that term was not around then.
The British police said on Thursday that about 350 victims had come forward to report sexual abuse within football clubs and said the number is likely to rise.