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1 December 2016

Boss pays tribute to the 'brave who have spoken out' after being shocked by revelations

Mick McCarthy says he is appalled by the recent stories of historic sex abuse in football but says he has not been aware of it in his time in the game.

Former Crewe and Sheffield United player Andy Woodward spoke out recently, with allegations that he was abused by one of his former youth coaches at Crewe, Barry Bennell. 

Other players, including former England internationals Paul Stewart and David White, have since followed with similar harrowing stories of being abused. 

“I have never come across it in all my football career as a player and manager but the stories we have heard recently have been appalling,” the Town boss told Ipswich Player HD.

“When I was 16, 17, - 40 years ago, you trusted adults. You trusted doctors, you trusted policemen, you trusted priests, you trusted people in power, you trusted coaches and managers. 

“I don’t think people listened back then though and that’s been proven. And if they did listen, they didn’t want to open Pandora’s box. Now it has been opened and I hope the people who are guilty are tracked down and punished because it’s awful. 

“I’ve got kids, got a grandchild. To think they have been abused would break my heart. 

“It has taken one really brave individual to come out and tell what happened to them and that has inspired other brave people to follow. 

“I have played with and against some of those players who have spoken and the thought that they have been carrying that around for their lives is appalling. I feel so sorry for them.”

Subscribers to Ipswich Player HD can watch the full interview with Mick now.

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