Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea Race Row 'Just the Tip of Iceberg' LAWYER BELIEVES MORE YOUTH PLAYERS WILL COME FORWARD TO MAKE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST COACHESChelsea Racism Claims Are 'Just the Tip of the Iceberg'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea Race Row 'Just the Tip of Iceberg' LAWYER BELIEVES MORE YOUTH PLAYERS WILL COME FORWARD TO MAKE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST COACHESChelsea Racism Claims Are 'Just the Tip of the Iceberg'

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Byline: FOOTBALL Simon Johnson and James Olley

THE accusations against former Chelsea coaches Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams of racial abuse are just the tip of the iceberg, a solicitor representing some of the players said today.

Renu Daly, who works for Hudgell Solicitors, fears there are many more victims of the Chelsea duo during their time at Stamford Bridge and has urged them to come forward.

Williams, who worked for the club between 1979-2006 and Rix, who was employed from 1993-2000, were first subject of allegations from three youthteam players in January and the trio took legal action against the club.

Four more complaints have been made public by The Guardian in the past 24 hours, while two white players, Grant Lunn and Gary Baker, have now provided witness statements.

Speaking on BBC 5Live today, Daly said: "I think it will be the tip of the iceberg because so many children were involved in these youth schemes, there was a YTS scheme.

"There were so many children who went through during these years and so many children who didn't.

"We are talking about abuse that went on for decades. Quite frankly it is racism against children.

"It wasn't acceptable in schools at that time, it wasn't acceptable in any other sport. It shouldn't have been acceptable in football."

All four black players represented by Hudgell Solicitors say they were subjected to racist abuse by Williams, one of whom has also made claims against Rix.

According to the law firm, one unnamed former Chelsea youth player said a match was organised as 'whites against blacks', which he added was "all about isolation and humiliation".

Williams and Rix have previously denied "all and any allegations of racial or other abuse".

Chelsea have promised to carry out a full investigation over the fresh accusations, just as they did at the start of the year.

A club spokesman said: "We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and they will be fully investigated. We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to assist the authorities and any investigations they may carry out, and to fully support those affected which would include counselling for any former player that may need it. …

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