Today’s report on child sex abuse in football lifted the lid on the dark side of the beautiful game.
The Sheldon inquiry found significant failings by the Football Association to keep youngsters safe from sexual predators.
Even when it was evident coaches were abusing children, the authorities were far too slow to act. Not only did the FA turn a blind eye, it failed to ban two of the most notorious perpetrators from involvement in the game.
The sheer number of offenders at so many leading clubs makes for shocking reading.
Their vile behaviour would not have been exposed but for brave former players who went public. While today’s findings can never undo their ordeals, they should take comfort from knowing their courage was not in vain.
The apology from the FA was welcome but will count for nothing unless it implements all the recommendations in the Sheldon report.
This must never be repeated and everything must be done to protect current and future generations of young players.
Give us truth
Dominic Cummings took his revenge when he delivered a withering assessment of Matt Hancock’s handling of Covid.
The former No 10 aide said the Department of Health’s procurement of protective kit for frontline NHS staff was a disaster.
His intervention underlines why we need an independent investigation into the Government’s chaotic response to the virus.
Grandstanding by a discredited former adviser is no substitute for a forensic inquiry.
Boris Johnson keeps promising one but is clearly more interested in protecting his own back than in learning lessons which would benefit his and future governments.