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David White : A brilliant player lost to sexual abuse

The name David White doesn’t ring a bell in most of the football fans right now. If we rewind back by a decade or two, he was one of the upcoming stars of English football. He played with Manchester City for the most of his career. He had only one England cap, which again is a result of what he went through.

Child abuse in English football:

Throughout the history, pedophilia has been a subject of taboo and shame. Young boys and girls are often scared to let others know the horrific things they go through. At the hands of these abusive people, they have their childhood ruined. When it comes to football, there were barely in place any mechanisms for young players to report such incidents. Many young aspiring footballers would fall prey to such detestable people. Though, most of these incidents came to light much later. Thereby, the situation in English youth setup was pretty disturbing and unfortunately, all of it was behind the curtains.

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David White’s story:

White, whose career also included spells at Leeds United and Sheffield United, said:

“Given recent press stories I wish to confirm that I was sexually abused by my former football coach Barry Bennell in the late 70s and early 80s – this abuse took place while I was attached to Whitehill FC Junior team based in Manchester.” -David White admitting it publicly

“Circumstances took me away from the abuse before it escalated. I salute Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, and Paul Stewart for so bravely revealing their personal tragedies. The physical abuse they and others suffered was certainly more extreme and prolonged than my ordeal, and I cannot be sure that I would have their courage.” As he mentioned, the mental trauma suffered is too much to overcome. He also believes the reason why he never got an international call-up was probably because of his history.

He used to worship his coach for he was one of the best youth coaches in the country. Little did he know the much-renowned man was a raging pedophile in disguise. “When I was in peak form – flying down the wing, firing over crosses and scoring at will – I was pretty much unstoppable. Conversely, there would be days when the weight of the world seemed to rest heavy on my shoulders and when that lingering sense of insecurity would rise to the surface.”, he said.

David White believes his book Shades of Blue can give more strength to modern day victims. The FA has taken certain steps to counter the rise of such episodes of abuse and exploitation.

 

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The name David White doesn’t ring a bell in most of the football fans right now. If we rewind back by a decade or two, he was one of the upcoming stars of English football. He played with Manchester City for the most of his career. He had only one England cap, which again is a result of what he went through.

Child abuse in English football:

Throughout the history, pedophilia has been a subject of taboo and shame. Young boys and girls are often scared to let others know the horrific things they go through. At the hands of these abusive people, they have their childhood ruined. When it comes to football, there were barely in place any mechanisms for young players to report such incidents. Many young aspiring footballers would fall prey to such detestable people. Though, most of these incidents came to light much later. Thereby, the situation in English youth setup was pretty disturbing and unfortunately, all of it was behind the curtains.

Manchester-City-David-White-736218

David White’s story:

White, whose career also included spells at Leeds United and Sheffield United, said:

“Given recent press stories I wish to confirm that I was sexually abused by my former football coach Barry Bennell in the late 70s and early 80s – this abuse took place while I was attached to Whitehill FC Junior team based in Manchester.” -David White admitting it publicly

“Circumstances took me away from the abuse before it escalated. I salute Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, and Paul Stewart for so bravely revealing their personal tragedies. The physical abuse they and others suffered was certainly more extreme and prolonged than my ordeal, and I cannot be sure that I would have their courage.” As he mentioned, the mental trauma suffered is too much to overcome. He also believes the reason why he never got an international call-up was probably because of his history.

He used to worship his coach for he was one of the best youth coaches in the country. Little did he know the much-renowned man was a raging pedophile in disguise. “When I was in peak form – flying down the wing, firing over crosses and scoring at will – I was pretty much unstoppable. Conversely, there would be days when the weight of the world seemed to rest heavy on my shoulders and when that lingering sense of insecurity would rise to the surface.”, he said.

David White believes his book Shades of Blue can give more strength to modern day victims. The FA has taken certain steps to counter the rise of such episodes of abuse and exploitation.

 

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The name David White doesn’t ring a bell in most of the football fans right now. If we rewind back by a decade or two, he was one of the upcoming stars of English football. He played with Manchester City for the most of his career. He had only one England cap, which again is a result of what he went through.

Child abuse in English football:

Throughout the history, pedophilia has been a subject of taboo and shame. Young boys and girls are often scared to let others know the horrific things they go through. At the hands of these abusive people, they have their childhood ruined. When it comes to football, there were barely in place any mechanisms for young players to report such incidents. Many young aspiring footballers would fall prey to such detestable people. Though, most of these incidents came to light much later. Thereby, the situation in English youth setup was pretty disturbing and unfortunately, all of it was behind the curtains.

Manchester-City-David-White-736218

David White’s story:

White, whose career also included spells at Leeds United and Sheffield United, said:

“Given recent press stories I wish to confirm that I was sexually abused by my former football coach Barry Bennell in the late 70s and early 80s – this abuse took place while I was attached to Whitehill FC Junior team based in Manchester.” -David White admitting it publicly

“Circumstances took me away from the abuse before it escalated. I salute Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, and Paul Stewart for so bravely revealing their personal tragedies. The physical abuse they and others suffered was certainly more extreme and prolonged than my ordeal, and I cannot be sure that I would have their courage.” As he mentioned, the mental trauma suffered is too much to overcome. He also believes the reason why he never got an international call-up was probably because of his history.

He used to worship his coach for he was one of the best youth coaches in the country. Little did he know the much-renowned man was a raging pedophile in disguise. “When I was in peak form – flying down the wing, firing over crosses and scoring at will – I was pretty much unstoppable. Conversely, there would be days when the weight of the world seemed to rest heavy on my shoulders and when that lingering sense of insecurity would rise to the surface.”, he said.

David White believes his book Shades of Blue can give more strength to modern day victims. The FA has taken certain steps to counter the rise of such episodes of abuse and exploitation.

 

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