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Ex-Chelsea youth players win settlement

Law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp acted for four players in racism case

Chelsea Football Club has settled a High Court case brought by law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp on behalf of four former youth team players racially abused in the club’s care.

The former players brought the legal action for damages over allegations they were subjected to a ‘barrage’ of racial abuse by the youth coaching team in the 1990s.

In a joint statement, Bolt Burdon Kemp partners Rebecca Sheriff (pictured, left) and David McClenaghan (pictured, right), said: “This is a historic moment for our incredibly brave clients who have spoken out about their horrendous experiences that they suffered over many years at Chelsea Football Club as young boys at the hands of their football coaches.

“This settlement will hopefully go some way in repairing the harm and ongoing trauma caused to our clients who were just children when the abuse was inflicted on them by those in positions of trust.

“Through our clients’ courage we believe that this will prompt other victims of racial abuse to come forward and our clients hope that this case will prevent others from enduring what they had to.”

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