London Premier League clubs caught up in historical sex abuse allegations

Three footballs used in a pre-game warm-up

Three footballs used in a pre-game warm-up

But the city's top teams believed to be involved are Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace.

"On 8 December 2016, the Metropolitan Police Service confirmed it had launched an investigation into allegations of non-recent sexual abuse at football clubs in London", read their statement.

Some of the claims go as far back as the 1960s.

The investigative team, with officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said on Monday they have received 255 separate allegations of historical sexual abuse.

All five Premier League clubs in London are now caught up in the football sex abuse scandal, Scotland Yard has said.

"The breakdown for those clubs is: five in the Premiership (Premier League), three against Championship clubs, three against clubs in Leagues One and Two and there have also been 66 other named clubs which would include non-league or non-professional or amateur teams".

Detective Chief Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: "The Met take all allegations seriously, and specialist officers will work through the information passed to them".

The Metropolitan Police force released a statement revealing that 255 cases of abuse in London teams have been reported, relating to individuals at 77 clubs.

Police forces, NSPCC were subsequently "bombarded" by other players who made similar allegations, after the news broke.

Some 429 victims - aged between four and 20 - have been identified by police along with 155 potential suspects, the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) saidy.

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