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Eric Bristow Causes Outrage With Disgraceful Comments About Football Abuse Scandal

Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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Clearly, what the football abuse scandal debate was missing were the sensitive thoughts of Eric Bristow MBE.

Less than a fortnight ago, former Crewe Alexandra footballer Andy Woodward spoke about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of notorious paedophile Barry Bennell. Since then, more than 20 other footballers - including former England international Paul Stewart - have come forward to say they'd suffered abuse from coaches.

It's been whispered that the scandal football is facing could be worse than the Jimmy Savile scandal. Inquiries have been launched by the FA as more ex-players have spoken out. The Greater Manchester Police say they are probing the claims.

Into this discussion stepped the five time World Darts champion.

Bristow began his contribution to the debate with the five words "Might be a looney but..." words which don't have a great track record in these matters.

Here are his thoughts.



After taking a break and taking stock of the reaction, he issued this tweet more or less saying that you can't say anthing these days.

Bristow has worked for many years as a pundit for Sky Sports on their darts coverage. He may struggle to get any more work from them after these contemptible comments.


UPDATE: He's made attempts in the last few minutes to calm the waters of outrage that are lapping at his feet though he might have done so more skilfully.

Read more: 'Proper Football Men' Should Not Maintain Silence Over Child Abuse Revelations

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