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From Louis Lee Ray and Jim Reed
The Victoria Derbyshire programme of BBC
BBC News a former supervisor subjected to abuse them has been told by two Chelsea childhood gamers.
One stated that on his first experience – in age 12 with Gwyn Williams – that the trainer made racial remarks about his facial characteristics.
Williams had called him racist nameshe asked him if he had been”robbing older grannies”, also said it was a”rarity” he went to school.
Williams denies all allegations.
Because Chelsea published a report into the scandal the two players were speaking out for the first time.
Neither of them gave evidence to this inquiry, which found that the young black players were exposed to”a daily tirade of racial abuse” in the 1980s and 1990s.
Williams, the former academy director, was described as the”instigator” of racial abuse in the club.
Anthony – not his actual name – told the Victoria Derbyshire of the BBC programme he had been subjected to racist abuse.
“I recall the very first time I met [Gwyn Williams] he said how large my lips were, how big my nose was.”
He said Williams had made a racially charged remark about how big his penis.
“And that was my first encounter. I was 12 years old.”
Another participant, Kieran – also not his true name – mentioned Williams regularly referred to him with racist language.
“I was coming in [to instruction ] scared to make a mistake,” he explained.
“Even on the pitch it affected me because I couldn’t relax. I had been thinking if I really have a poor game everyone is going to say’you black that’ or’you black ‘.”
Williams rose to assistant manager, leaving the club and joined Chelsea in 1979.
His lawyer wrote to Chelsea denying”all” allegations of racism.
He claimed the consequences of this report shown that they were”biased, untrue, unfair and artificial”.
The analysis, commissioned by Chelsea and composed by the charity Barnardo’s, discovered evidence of a environment that was racist.
The report also looked to allegations against a different Chelsea coach – former England Graham Rix.
It discovered while he”may be aggressive and bullying”, to the evidence presented to them was not racially abusive.
Kieran and anthony said they did not provide evidence since it had been paid for by Chelsea plus they had concerns about its liberty.
However they told BBC News they had discovered Rix use language.
Anthony said Rix asked him if he’d gone and had sexual intercourse with”any of our white girls” at the weekend.
“I thought,’I’ve had enough of the’, and I said,’Yeah, I did’,” Anthony told the BBC.
“And then he said,’If that was my daughter I’d lynch you’.”
Rix was jailed in 1999 for six months, working sexually attacking a girl and being reinstated as a trainer by Chelsea on his release.
He went on to handle clubs such as Portsmouth and Heart of Midlothian.
Rix’s lawyer gave a statement to the inspection of the Barnardo, denying that he was a bully, racist or aggressive.
The lawyer told Anthony along with Kieran’s allegations were denied by BBC News Rix.
He included both the FA and the Disclosure and also Service [DBS] had researched and not put any limitations on Rix.
Chelsea have apologised for its”deeply shocking behavior” described at the Barnardo’s report.
It said:”Barnardo’s reviewers concluded that the several accounts given of severe racially abusive behaviour towards young gamers historically were credible.
“As a team we wish to apologise to all players who underwent this profoundly shocking behaviour.
“We are doing, and will continue to do, what we can to ensure that those boys, women, men and women who play for this team – and indeed anyone who works for or using the club – will never have to endure the terrible experiences which these young players suffered.”
The two ex-players said it’d felt hopeless to report that their allegations.
They stated Chelsea had no safeguarding policy in place and there had been no official to turn to using a criticism.
“I didn’t wish to create trouble because of my parents at all, shape or form,” Anthony added.
Anthony and Kieran accuse the team of trying to minimise publicity around the scandal by publishing the findings on the identical day as a separate investigation by a different coach decades sooner.
They said they wanted a whole face-to-face apology but had not been contacted directly from Chelsea because the report’s publication.
“I haven’t heard anything from anybody [in Chelsea],” said Anthony.
“So, is this merely a PR exercise? Are they sincerely likely to acknowledge what happened and sorry?
“They need to speak with people, not simply put out a generic statement”
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