Chelsea opens review amid FA abuse investigation
Last Updated: 30/11/16 11:14am
Chelsea have hired a law firm to conduct an investigation into an individual, who is now deceased, employed by the club during the 1970s.
The news comes as eight police forces are now looking into allegations of historical abuse in football, in what Football Association chairman Greg Clarke describes as "the biggest crisis" he has ever seen face the game.
There have been 250 reports made to police and more than 50 calls were made to an NSPCC hotline set up for sexual abuse victims in football in the initial hours of opening.
A statement from Chelsea on Tuesday said: "Chelsea Football Club has retained an external law firm to carry out an investigation concerning an individual employed by the club in the 1970s, who is now deceased.
"The club has also contacted The FA to ensure that all possible assistance is provided as part of their wider investigation.
"This will include providing The FA with any relevant information arising out of the club's investigation.
"The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry. The helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.
"While the club's investigation is ongoing, we will make no further comment on this matter."
Sky Sports News HQ understands that Eddie Heath, who was Chelsea's chief scout for more than a decade, is the former employee, who has since died, and the club's investigation relates to a single case.
It is understood Chelsea have dealt with no other cases on this subject and the club are not commenting on claims they signed a confidentiality agreement, and paid, an alleged victim.