Darts champ sparks fury with abuse tweets

Five-time world darts champion Eric Bristow has attracted the fury of the public online.
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Five-time world darts champion Eric Bristow has attracted the fury of the public online.

Five-time world darts champion Eric Bristow has sparked outrage after a rant about the ongoing English football child abuse scandal.

On twitter, he labelled darts players as "tough guys" and footballers "wimps".

He laughed about rugby players being okay, and commented on his belief that abuse victims had to "sought out [sic]" perpetrators when they're older.

PA media reported on the storm of criticism the twitter rant attracted, including from one of the former footballers who spoke out about abuse in English football.

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That former player, Steve Walters, tweeted out: "Disgusted with Eric Bristows remarks tonight."

Bristow is a pundit for Sky Sports in the UK, on their darts coverage.

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English football's players union says more than 20 players have called it with allegations of sexual abuse, Reuters reports.

The Football Association has launched a review into the escalating child sex-abuse scandal to discover what professional clubs knew about crimes being committed by coaches, the report continued.

No such investigation was launched by The Football Association after Barry Bennell, a coach at the centre of the scandal who was linked to Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, was first convicted in the 1990s in both the United States and England for molesting players.

 - Stuff

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