Sunderland Academy Physio Arrested After Allegations Of Sexual Grooming A Player Under Age Of 16
A member of Sunderland's academy staff has been suspended after he was arrested on suspicion of meeting a player under the age of 16.
Peter Howey, 60, who is a physio at the football club, was arrested following an allegation made by a player to the club.
According to the Daily Mail, police questioned Mr Howey before he was released. It is also added that he remains under investigation.
A Sunderland spokesman told the newspaper: "We were made aware of allegations pertaining to a member of staff.
"We reported the matter to Northumbria Police immediately and the individual was suspended."
A Northumbria Police statement added: "Police have arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of meeting a male under the age of 16 following sexual grooming. He has been released under investigation."
Mr Howey previously worked as an assistant head teacher at Hetton School.
The 60-year-old physio coached a football team for 29 years before he retired in 2013. He was a youth worker in Sunderland for over 30 years, too.
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The Black Cats are fifth in League One after 27 matches played, with Jack Ross' men hoping to secure promotion back to the Championship.
The club was the subject of a Netflix documentary, Sunderland 'Til I Die, which debuted on Netflix last year.
Sunderland 'Til I Die chronicled the club's turbulent season in the Championship, which eventually saw the club relegated to League One.
It was well received by critics, though Newcastle United fans have made sure their rivals will never forget about it.
Exclusive: Sunderland suspend member of academy staff after arrest on suspicion of meeting a player aged under 16 following sexual grooming https://t.co/vwGcfISTTl- Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) 29 January 2019
This is shocking. Worryingly I am sure this is not a problem limited to them but they have created a problem for themselves after the way the other matter was handled- glen johnstone (@masterjohnstone) 29 January 2019
- NItoonfan (@NIToonFan33) 29 January 2019
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