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Chelsea announce investigation into 'an individual employed by the club in the 1970s'

Chelsea Football Club released a statement Tuesday night regarding an investigation that will be conducted concerning a former employee of the club, though one who's now deceased.

Chelsea have hired an external law firm to carry out this investigation.  In the meantime, the club have offered "all possible assistance" to the wider ongoing FA investigation.

The Chelsea statement in full reads:

Chelsea Football Club has retained an external law firm to carry out an investigation concerning an individual employed by the club in the 1970s, who is now deceased.

The club has also contacted The FA to ensure that all possible assistance is provided as part of their wider investigation. This will include providing The FA with any relevant information arising out of the club's investigation.

The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry. The helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.

While the club's investigation is ongoing, we will make no further comment on this matter.