Ex-Peterborough United coach arrested in sexual abuse investigation
A vastly revered youth soccer coach credited with serving to launch the careers of a string of family names has been arrested on suspicion of kid sexual offences.
“Equipment” Carson, 73, whose actual title is Michael Sean Carson, was arrested in Cambridge on Friday. He was being questioned on suspicion of indecency with youngsters and indecent assault.
Police have been working with two of Carson’s former golf equipment, Peterborough United and Cambridge United, for the reason that soccer abuse scandal was damaged by the Guardian on the finish of final yr.
Carson was academy director at Peterborough from 1993 to 2001. Gamers he labored with there went on to have careers within the Premier League. Carson left to develop into head of expertise growth at Cambridge United between 2001 and 2005.
Earlier than Peterborough, he was at Norwich Metropolis from 1983 till 1993. On his LinkedIn web page, he describes himself as a soccer marketing consultant and scout for a Finnish membership.
On his web site, Carson, a household man who lives in a riverside growth in Cambridge, says: “I in all probability know extra about European grassroots soccer than virtually some other youth developer in England, having travelled to European nations with soccer groups properly over 500 instances.”
For slightly below 12 months throughout Carson’s time at Peterborough, Bob Higgins, the previous Southampton coach who has been named in reference to allegations of historic sexual abuse, additionally labored there. Higgins has denied all claims of abuse.
When Higgins left, Carson paid tribute to his efforts, telling the Peterborough Telegraph that Higgins would proceed to scout for the membership in southern England. “He has completed a beautiful job with the youth staff this season,” Carson advised the newspaper.
Peterborough United refused to remark.
In a press release, Cambridgeshire police mentioned: “Police investigating historic allegations of abuse associated to soccer in Cambridgeshire have arrested a person.
“Detectives arrested the person at a property in Cambridge [on Friday] morning. The person, who’s in his 70s and from Cambridge, has been arrested on suspicion of indecency with kids and indecent assault. He’s presently in custody.
“Officers are working carefully with companions, together with the Soccer Affiliation, the native youngsters’s safeguarding boards for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Cambridge and Peterborough United, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough medical commissioning group, and Cambridgeshire county and Peterborough metropolis councils.
“We’d encourage anybody with issues about these allegations to contact police on 101 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.”