Newcastle facing civil claims over ex-employee behaviour

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English club Newcastle United are facing several civil claims regarding the behaviour of former employee George Ormond, who in 2018 received a 20-year jail sentence for multiple cases of sexual abuse.

Ormond coached a grassroots football club in the 1970s and 1980s before working with Newcastle’s youth teams in the 1990s.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how he used his position of power to abuse 18 boys and young men between 1973 and 1998, and was convicted on 36 charges.

Newcastle have declined to comment, but their insurers are denying responsibility.

They believe that Ormond’s crimes were not connected to his role at Newcastle and a legal timeframe has expired.

Claims for abuse which have taken place before the age of 18, must be issued before the victim reaches 21.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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