Graham Taylor: Former England manager told sexual abuse victim to 'sweep evidence under the carpet'

‘Former England boss Graham Taylor was told about possible sexual abuse of young players during his time as Aston Villa manager but suggested it should be swept “underneath the carpet”, a victim has claimed.

Ex-Leicester footballer Tony Brien said he was advised to stay silent to avoid “obscenities from the terraces”.

It was claimed in January that Villa sacked scout Ted Langford after learning of the sexual abuse allegations in 1988.

Langford, who died in 2012, later admitted sex offences dating from 1976 until he left Villa in 1989. He had joined Villa from Leicester in 1987. He was jailed for three years in 2007 for offences against young footballers.

Villa said it took “safeguarding and welfare of all players and staff very seriously and considers it to be of paramount importance”.’

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