Former England manager Graham Taylor 'was involved in paedophile cover-up at Aston Villa', football abuse inquiry is told

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Former England manager Graham Taylor has been accused of covering up the sexual abuse of teenage boys by peadophile scout Ted Langford.

The Football Association's inquiry into historical sexual abuse today heard evidence against Taylor from former defender Tony Brien and an anonymous ex-player.

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Both allege Taylor told them not to speak out about their ordeals because they would be abused by fans if the story reached the papers.

Taylor, a much-revered football figure who made his name as manager of Watford, died in January this year aged 72. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 and has a stand named after him at Watford's Vicarage Road.

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Lanford, who is now dead, was jailed for three years in 2007 for offences relating to four boys from 1976 to 1989.

In the 1987-88 season, 18-year-old Leicester City player Tony Brien, who was abused by Langford at Dunlop Terriers aged 12, plucked up the courage to phone Aston Villa manager Taylor to warn him that youth players at the club were at risk of Langford.

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But Taylor simply told him to 'move on' and not speak about his ordeal because he would be abused by fans, he claimed.

The inquiry heard that Taylor acted the same way with another young footballer who told of his abuse, driving to his home to discourage him from taking it further.

Footballer - Claim - Brien - Today - Barrister

The footballer's claim was conveyed with Brien's today by the barrister in charge of the inquiry, Clive Sheldon QC.

Previously taking about his ordeal, Brien told how Taylor's assistant manager Dave Richardson also discouraged him from speaking out.

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He said Ricardson told him: 'Could you really be dealing with all the obscenities from the terraces? I suggest we sweep this under the carpet, son.'

The young defender was stunned by the response from a man who would go on to become the Premier League's...
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