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Graham Taylor wanted abuse claim to be ‘swept under the carpet’, says victim


Former England boss Graham Taylor was warned 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 said.

It was claimed in January that Villa sacked scout Ted Langford after learning of the sexual abuse allegations in 1988 but did not alert police.

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.

In an interview with the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show, former Leicester footballer Tony Brien said he was told by Taylor when advising Villa of his concerns: “Look, you’re a young lad starting out in the game. I know you’ve just made your debut. Could you really be dealing with all the obscenities from the terraces? So I just suggest you sweep it underneath the carpet.”

Brien said he was immediately upset, and recalled: “I went into the kitchen where my mother was still doing the washing-up and she said, ‘Well?’. And i just told her, ‘They told me to sweep it underneath the carpet’, and I broke down in tears.”

Graham Taylor in 2003

Worksop-born Taylor died in January this year aged 72. He was manager at Villa from 1987 to 1990, when he left to take charge of the England team.

Former defender Brien, who waived his right to anonymity to speak about his ordeal, is reported to…

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