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Chelsea board released a new statement about the sexual abuse scandal that emerged in the past days.

The statement read: Everyone at Chelsea Football Club has been profoundly shocked by news of historical child sex abuse across British football and our heart goes out to all the victims.

We pay tribute to the enormous courage of the people who have spoken out about the horrific abuse which they endured, including former Chelsea player Gary Johnson. We recognise that to do so, after carrying the burden of those events for so long, must have been an extremely difficult thing to do.

This is a challenge for all clubs and everyone involved in the game. As a club, we are absolutely determined to do the right thing: to fully support those affected, and the investigations being carried out. We are working with the Premier League, the Football Association and the police in helping all victims.

As we announced earlier this week, we have retained an external law firm to carry out an investigation into historical sexual abuse claims. If further evidence is uncovered we will ensure that we help victims in any way we can.

Although this abuse took place many decades ago, the last week has also highlighted decisions made more recently in relation to the case of our former player Gary Johnson. We are therefore asking the external law firm to review the way we handled Mr Johnson’s case and make recommendations as to how we can improve our procedures in future. We are determined to learn from any mistakes that were made.

It is clear that Gary Johnson suffered unacceptably while in our employment in the 1970s for which the club apologises profusely. In the summer of 2014 we received a letter of claim from Slater & Gordon, a prominent law firm which handles sexual abuse claims. They informed us Mr Johnson had been sexually assaulted by Eddie Heath, who had been employed by the club in the 1970s, and that Mr Johnson would bring a claim seeking compensation due to the fact he considered that the club was liable for the abuse.

Slater & Gordon confirmed that prior to bringing the claim to the club, the allegations of abuse had been reported to the Professional Footballers’ Association in 2013 and then subsequently to the police. We treated Mr Johnson’s claim very seriously and immediately instructed external solicitors. After requesting some further information, settlement negotiations commenced between Mr Johnson’s lawyers and a firm of solicitors, which specialises in abuse claims, appointed by our insurer.

It was stated by Mr Johnson’s solicitors that Heath had inappropriate relationships with other young boys/men from the club although no names were given to us. With the limited information the club received, we were unable to identify any further individuals who may have been subject to abuse. When dealing with this matter, the club operated on the basis that the incidents occurred in the 1970s and Heath had died in the early 1980s. Accordingly, Heath was no longer a risk to children. The extent to which the club should, notwithstanding this, have commenced a more detailed investigation and reported it to the Premier League and FA is an issue that will be addressed in detail in the club’s external law firm review. 

At the time that the settlement was reached, the Board understood it was a usual practice to include mutual confidentiality provisions as part of all settlement agreements and accordingly requested that one be included. The clause bound both parties and ensured that neither could reveal details of the case, including details which claimants might reasonably want to keep private. Mr Johnson’s solicitors did not raise any objection to the draft confidentiality clause and the terms of the settlement were quickly agreed.

More recently, against the current backdrop of wider revelations and other victims coming forward bravely to tell their story, we no longer felt it appropriate to keep the confidentiality agreement in place. It was therefore removed.

The decision to have a confidentiality clause in this case has been subject to significant scrutiny. We have asked the external law firm to review what was done and to make recommendations about best practice for settling claims of this nature in future. In advance of that, however, the Board would like to make clear that, in light of what we know now about the widescale abuse in football clubs in the 1970s and 1980s, it now believes that the use of such a clause while understandable was inappropriate in this instance. We certainly have no desire to hide any historic abuse we uncover from view. Quite the opposite.

Chelsea today is a very different club than it was in the 1970s. We are fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people who are in our care or attending our premises. Their welfare is of paramount importance. The safeguarding policies and procedures that are implemented at the club, and similarly with the Chelsea Foundation, are robust, continually reviewed and the club-wide safeguarding provision is audited regularly each year by the Premier League.

We are determined to learn from this case and will do everything we can to investigate these horrific events. We owe that at the very least to those who suffered unacceptable abuse from the people that were entrusted with their care.

 – 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 0232642

If people would prefer to speak to the club directly, they can do via safeguarding@chelseafc.com<mailto:safeguarding@chelseafc.com> or on 01932 596188

The Board of Directors of Chelsea FC plc

Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum

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Chelsea winger Willian scored in the Blues’ comeback win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon. Chelsea are now four points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The Brazil international said: “Diego Costa laid on a great pass for my goal, playing with him is great.”

Willian paid tribute to Chapecoense when he scored: “I wanted to dedicate my goal to the victims and their families – he claimed  – They have to stay strong.”

Also centre-back David Luiz spoke after the game, saying: “I want to dedicate this win to the people who died in Brazil.

“It was difficult to get my head together as I had some friends there. We just need to pray for the victim’s families.”

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola analysed his team’s defeat against Chelsea.

First of all, he gave his opinion about Aguero’s horrible challenge on David Luiz in the injury time:

“It was not intentional, I don’t think so. If it’s a red card, it’s a red card. We accept that,” Guardiola said in his post-match press conference.

It’s a pity it finished like this. It’s the way the referee decided but it’s a pity. I don’t like that, I apologise for what happened. Fernandinho went to defend his team-mate.”

“We didn’t win because we missed a lot of chances, not because of the referee. Never in seven years have I blamed that referee,”

“My team have to be proud of what they did and the way they tried to play. In the box we are not strong enough. We arrive in the box and don’t score, the opponents arrive and they do score.”


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Diego Costa explains Chelsea’s success at Manchester City after a thrilling come-back.

Pep Guardiola side were leading 1-0 at the end of the first half but were also inconsistent in front of the goal, and eventually the Blues took advantage of Citizens’ forwards poor form today:

“We are working very well tactically, everyone know what we have got to do,” Costa explained after the game.

“Man City had opportunities to score second goal but they missed and when we scored we had more confidence then had opportunity to score and we did. It was a great game.”

Costa also opened up on his improved discipline in recent weeks.

“I want to be on the pitch and I want to be cool.”

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Manchester City hosted Chelsea in a top of the table mouth watering clash at the Etihad Stadium.

City headed into the clash haven’t not one a home game since september,but momentum was with Antonio Conte‘s men who came into this fixture at the back of seven straight wins. There was the surprise inclusion of Cesc Fabregas who haven’t starred for Antonio after the humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Arsenal.

Pedro Chelsea


But Manchester City bossed early proceedings and controlled the middle of the pack and went into the lead courtesy of a Gary Cahill own goal just before half time. But Antonio Conte’s men wouldn’t back down after going into the game as favorites,and they didn’t disappoint as Fabregas who hadn’t seen much of the ball in the first half found Diego Costa with a sublime pass which the Chelsea striker coolly controlled while brushing Nicholas Otamendi apart to finish off nicely.

Numerous chances fell to Pep Guardiola‘s side with Sergio Aguero going close and Kevin De Brunye “doing a Torres”, missing an open goal from five yards. Pep Guardiola would have been left unimpressed as his side failed to be clinical in front of goal as the Diego Costa goal sparked a Chelsea revival as Pedro who has been instrumental for Chelsea was brought off for Willian and Antonio Conte’s sub paid of with the Brazilian lashing out onto a lay off by Diego Costa to put Chelsea 2-1 up.

Man City pressed high to get an equalizer but were left exposed at the back as Marcos Alonso found Eden Hazard with a long ball and the Belgian punished the City defense putting Chelsea 3-1 up.

But the game was marred by violence during the closing stages as Sergio Aguero lunged into a challenge on David Luiz while Fernandinho was involved in an altercation with Cesc Fabregas which resulted in both players being sent off. Antonio Conte’s men go top of the table with 4 points away from their closest rivals,and this win made it eight on the bounce for the Blues.

Chelsea Diego Costa

Chelsea (3-4-3): CourtoisAzpilicuetaDavid LuizCahill (c); Moses, KanteFabregas, Alonso; Pedro (Willian 49), Diego Costa (Chalobah 80), Hazard.
Unused subs: BegovicAinaIvanovicOscar, Batshuayi
Diego Costa 60, Willian 69
Kante 49, Chalobah 90+5

Manchester City (3-4-3): Bravo; Otamendi, Stones (Iheanacho 78), Kolarov; Navas, Fernandinho, Gundogan (Toure 76), Sane (Clichy 69); Silva (c), Aguero, De Bruyne.
Unused subs: Cabalero, Sagna, Zabaleta, Toure
Scorers Cahill (own-goal) 45
Otamendi 17, Navas 81
Sent off Aguero 90+6, Fernandinho 90+6

Referee Anthony Taylor


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MANCHESTER CITY – Bravo, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Navas, Sane, De Bruyne, Silva (c), Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Fernando, Iheanacho

Manager: Pep Guardiola

CHELSEACourtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Aina, Chalobah, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Kick-Off 12:30 BST Saturday 3rd December

Venue: Etihad Stadium

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Chelsea winger Pedro spoke ahead of the clash against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

The Spaniard, who has been recently named for the Goal of the Month prize, told the club’s official website: “It’s good to be nominated for the awards but it’s not just me, the team are all in good form and full of confidence,”

“I’m working well with my team-mates and just looking to help the side by doing my best and scoring goals”.

“It was a beautiful goal against Tottenham and it came at the right moment in the game for us, it was very important for us to score before half-time”.

“It was a very tough game and in a derby it’s always good for the team to get a win, especially after going 1-0 down. We want to continue to play with this mentality and take it game by game. We are top of the league right now so that’s very good for the confidence of the team.”

Then Pedro added: “It’s very good to react well when you need to. Against Tottenham we started to press higher up the pitch and scored the winning goal in the second half: the team are performing well in every game, we are all working for each other, which is really important”.

About the team: “I feel very comfortable in the team. With Antonio we are working very hard and planning for the matches during the week. Now we face a very difficult game against Man City, it’s an important challenge for the team. We want to stay top but of course it will be difficult.”

About Moses: “Victor is playing very well, he’s on fire and performing well in every game,’ he adds. ‘In the last few matches he’s been our best player and it’s a pleasure for me to play with him on the right-hand side. He’s very compact, really strong and he has a lot of skill, he’s a complete player.”

About Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “My relationship with him is very good, he’s a very important person in terms of my career from our time at Barcelona. He was a very good coach for me”.

“He has very good ideas, he likes to press high and play from side to side, with people in between the lines looking to score goals. He’s a very good coach, they are a strong team and it will be a difficult game for us.”

Chelsea are set to face the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium today, and Pedro is confident that his side can earn another crucial win.

“I think he will probably tell them to press us high and make it difficult for us to play. He will want them to move the ball very quickly and look to create chances. It’s a tough game but we are doing very well, it’s a good moment for us and a good time to play this game”.

“It would be a big step for us if we can go four points clear of Man City. It would be very important for our confidence, It’s a big test for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

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Ivanovic, Aguero and Fabregas challenging for the ball in last year game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini


Manchester City

– No fresh injuries concerns for Pep Guardiola

– Captain Vincent Kompany is the only notable absentee after being ruled for about another month with a knee injury.

– Midfielder Fabian Delph has not played since August but is training and nearing a return after a groin operation.



– Only John Terry will be absent for a muscular injury in his gluteus that will rule him out for another couple of weeks

Antonio Conte will probably line up the same starting formation for the seventh consecutive game

– The Italian manager said two players were a doubt before travelling to Manchester but didn’t want to reveal their names



MANCHESTER CITY – Bravo, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Sterling, De Bruyne, Nolito, Aguero.


CHELSEA – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard.

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Antonio Conte and Chelsea when meeting the press ahead of tomorrow’s clash against the Blues:

Conte one of the best coaches in the world right now,” said the Spaniard.

“It is the first time we are going to face each other. It’s good to play against him.

“He made an exceptional job in Turin and in the Italian national team. It doesn’t matter if it is Serie A or the national team, you realise his strengths.”

Going on about Conte’s job at Chelsea, he said:

He has started here with maybe not good results, but they have won last seven games, conceding one goal. That says a lot about how good they are.

“They were contenders to win the Premier League from the beginning. Now, maybe more than before. It’s a good test for us.”

“When they have the ball, they play like a 3-4-3,” he said.

“They defend with many players behind the ball.

“They have conceded just one goal. They are doing well. When I was at Munich, a lot of teams play with four or five at the back, closing the space down in the middle. They allow you to cross the ball from wide because they have five players in the box.”

Guardiola claimed there are no fresh injuries ahead of the game and also revealed he gave his players Monday and Tuesday off because they had their first free midweek of the season.

He and his players are also sleeping at their training complex tonight because the game is a 12.30 kick-off.

“We were 11, 12, 13 days with a day off. In training, the players like to play every day,” the ex Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss stated.

“We don’t give a day off to the players when you have a lot of games in a row. That’s why they had two days off and we were training for three days to prepare for Chelsea.

“We all like to play football, that’s why we’re here, but sometimes you have four, five or six months, playing, playing, playing, so not playing one week is good, not only for the players, the staff to see their families.

“Tomorrow we play early, so we will sleep here. Today I decided to go to the Etihad before the game, but not for a special thing.”



Chelsea striker Pedro scored the winning goal on Sunday vs Leicester and helped the Blues to qualify to the Fa Cup semifinal. An important win, not only because it sent Antonio Conte's side...