Child sexual abuse in football

'There's no justice for me'
Police have apologised to six victims of football coach Bob Higgins for the way the case was handled in the 1990s.
Bob Higgins' abuse has had a profound impact on the families of the abused.
The mother of one of the boys abused by football coach Bob Higgins speaks of her son's ordeal.

Serial sex abuser football coach jailed for 24 years

A football coach who was found guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault between 1971 and 1996 has been jailed for 24 years and three months.

Bob Higgins, 66, sexually touched and groped 24 victims, most of them trainees at Southampton FC and Peterborough United.

Bob Higgins

One of his victims was former Millwall and Coventry City player Billy Seymour, who died in a crash earlier this year.

His words were read in court by his mother, Jane Seymour, detailing how he spiralled into "self-destructive behaviour", resorting to drink and drugs.

"Only now am I coming to terms with what you did to me as a young, defenceless lad who admired you, hero-worshipped you and, I feel sick to my stomach to say, loved you," Mrs Seymour read.

"I am in safe hands now, real safe hands, not those you offered me. I am a fighter, this is closure. Goodbye Bob Higgins."