Chelsea: Ex-youth players seek High Court date over alleged racist abuse

Gwyn Williams worked at Chelsea from 1979 to 2006

Four former Chelsea youth team footballers are taking the club to the High Court over alleged racial abuse in the 1980s and 1990s.

The players claim their careers were ruined by the abuse, which a Barnado’s review said was “instigated” by former coach Gwyn Williams, and are seeking damages.

Williams has denied “any and all” allegations of racism.

In August 2019, Chelsea, who have initiated anti-racism initiatives in recent years, apologised to “all players who experienced this deeply shocking behaviour”. They have not admitted liability or personally apologised to those affected.

Some say they have been left traumatised and have sought therapy as a result of the abuse, which the report said had become “normalised” at the club at the time.

Chelsea have paid five-figure sums to two former footballers who were sexual abuse victims of ex-chief scout Edward Heath.

The four racism cases, first reported by The Athletic,