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Football: English Premier League Manager and Rape Allegations

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

The English Premier League is again in the news, but this time for the wrong reasons.

A League Manager has been granted a High Court Anonymity Order in civil proceedings for aggravated damages brought against him for alleged sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl, which took place two decades ago.

The Judge granted this Order “to secure the proper administration of justice” and added that there was “no sufficient countervailing public interest” in disclosing the Manager’s name. The Judge also took into account considerations of human rights to private and family life and also freedom of expression.

It appears that the Manager concerned is still in post, despite a police investigation into an alleged rape of another 15-year-old girl.

The Club and the English Football Association have been informed of the allegations against the Manager.

Such cases are tending to tarnish the reputation of the English Premier League, the most popular of the Football Leagues around the world!

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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