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Infantino wants punishment for those involved in sex abuse

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12-09-2016 14:55 BJT

Football 's governing body concluded its Football Summit in Singapore. Plenty was discussed at the forum, including the horrible sex abuse scandal that has enveloped English football. The FIFA president Gianni Infantino, says action must be taken to ensure nothing like this ever happens again, and punishment should be fierce for those found guilty.

"Well the Football Association is already, of course looking into the matter and this is something that has to be taken very seriously. It's not only a football matter. It is a very serious matter, I mean, there are not many worse things in life, not in football life but in life generally, than child abuse. So it has to be taken seriously."

"There must be zero tolerance from that point of view, from a football perspective, but also from a criminal perspective as well. Those who have been guilty of abusing on children need to be punished very, very seriously. They have to be out of football but that is without question, but also on the criminal side. They need to be punished and in football as well, we probably have to look into that more, with more care and more attention, in order to prevent any potential child abuse in the future," Gianni Infantino said.

The child sex abuse scandal in English football was brought to light when Andy Woodward spoke to The Guardian newspaper. There is growing incredulity that English football's governing body the Football Association was unaware of the rumors and claims the abuse was going on.

More than 20 victims have come forward since the floodgates were opened. Accusations that abuse by coaches was covered up have rocked English football, damaging the multi-billion pound sport's image. 

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