Newcastle United are dealing with a number of civil claims relating to the behaviour of former worker George Ormond, who in 2018 obtained a 20-year jail sentence for a number of instances of sexual abuse.
Ormond coached a grassroots soccer membership within the 1970s and 1980s earlier than working with Newcastle’s youth groups within the 1990s.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how he used his “position of power” to abuse 18 boys and younger males between 1973 and 1998, and was convicted on 36 fees.
Newcastle have declined to remark, however their insurers are denying duty.
They imagine that Ormond’s crimes weren’t linked to his function at Newcastle and a authorized timeframe has expired.
Claims for abuse which have taken place earlier than the age of 18, should be issued earlier than the sufferer reaches 21.
Former Newcastle participant David Eatock, who’s a type of mounting a civil declare, instructed BBC Sport: “The one thing I’ve wanted is for people at the club to hold their hands up.
“For Newcastle to not take any duty is one other disappointment.
“I had to fight to get Ormond convicted, but I didn’t expect to fight to get some sort of ownership from Newcastle. I just want some closure.”
Thomas Beale, of attorneys Bolt Burdon Kemp, added: “Newcastle have had every opportunity to apologise for the terrible abuse perpetrated by Ormond and accept responsibility for what happened while he was at the club.
“By failing to just accept duty and forcing the survivors to undergo litigation, the membership is inflicting but additional misery and trauma relatively than serving to the survivors to attempt to transfer ahead with their lives.
“Clearly, this is not just about compensation. It is about Newcastle accepting responsibility and apologising for their failings. I would really encourage the club to reconsider their stance and accept liability.”