Football Coach Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse
Another widely respected football coach, who is responsible for helping launch the careers of a number of household names, has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse.
Michael Sean ‘Kit’ Carson coached at Norwich City from 1983 until 1993, before moving to Peterborough United. There he spent eight years, from 1993 to 2001, as Academy director. A string of players he coached at Peterborough went on to play at Premier League level.
After leaving Peterborough United, Carson went on to become head of talent development at Cambridge United between 2001 and 2005.
Arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse
The 73 year old coach was arrested at the end of January on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.
Carson’s two former clubs have been working closely with police since the child sexual abuse in football scandal hit headlines last at the end of 2016.
Carson has since been released on bail until March 6th 2017.
Connection to Bob Higgins
Bob Higgins, the former Southampton coach who has been named in connection with allegations of historical child sexual abuse, also worked at Peterborough while Carson was there. The pair would have worked together for around 12 months at the club.
Carson paid tribute to the efforts of Higgins while at the club, telling the Peterborough Guardian when he left:
Higgins has denied all allegations of child sexual abuse.
“He has done a wonderful job with the youth team this season.”
Cambridge police appeal for information
In a statement, Cambridgeshire police said:
“Police investigating historical allegations of abuse related to football in Cambridgeshire have arrested a man.
“Detectives arrested the man at a property in Cambridge [on Friday] morning. The man, who is in his 70s and from Cambridge, has been arrested on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault. He is currently in custody.
“Officers are working closely with partners, including the Football Association, the local children’s safeguarding boards for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Cambridge and Peterborough United, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough clinical commissioning group, and Cambridgeshire county and Peterborough city councils.
“We would encourage anyone with concerns about these allegations to contact police on 101 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.”
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