They applied to train players – including young kids – over the last two years. But they were weeded out by thorough FA background checks.
The figures from the Disclosure and Barring Service come in the wake of the football child abuse scandal.
PAUL STEWART – Started at Blackpool. Went on to play for Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool before spells at Crystal Palace, Wolves, Burnley, Sunderland, Stoke and Workington. Won three England caps under Graham Taylor
“It is a sad fact that those who prey on children will seek to work in environments that give them access”
Claude Knights from charity Kidscape
Scores of players including ex Spurs ace Paul Stewart have revealed they were abused.
And Matt Le Tissier told how he was given naked massages by an ex-youth officer at Southampton.
The DBS figures reveal one wannabe coach had four rape convictions. Another was found guilty of manslaughter.
Claude Knights from charity Kidscape said: “It is a sad fact that those who prey on children will seek to work in environments that give them access to children.
“It is reassuring the majority are prevented from doing so by background checks.”
Source : Daily Star