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Football chiefs kept silent last night about the child sex abuse scandal surrounding Ulster GAA boss Michael Feeney.

The game's think tank refused to discuss the shock allegations in yesterday's Mirror. A spokesman for the Central Council said: "It is the subject of an inquiry by the police and the DPP and therefore subjudice. We have no comment at the moment."

But bosses of the sport were under mounting pressure last night to take action against Feeney.

Last month outgoing President Jack Boothman called for tough new measures to expel those using sport as a cover to corrupt children. He said: "We have a membership of 750,000 and, on the basis that we are a mirror of society, we cannot be complacent. We must accept that we have deviants in our ranks.

"Because of this the GAA has commissioned experts to draw up guidelines to ensure our young charges receive every possible protection.

"They will ensure that when a violation is detected we can take action to rid ourselves of those responsible."

He said new guidelines outlining the risks were being circulated nationwide to thousands of clubs.

But the GAA ruling body cannot introduce new rules until the Central Council meets on May 25.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 8, 1997
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