Chelsea FC accused of paying child sex abuse victim to keep quiet

    Chelsea is currently at the top of English soccer's Premier League.

    Story highlights

    • Former Chelsea player says he was paid the equivalent of $63,000 last year
    • Says abuse took place in the 1980s

    London (CNN)The child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the English football world has taken a new twist after a former player accused one of the world's biggest clubs of buying his silence.

    Gary Johnson, a player with Chelsea during the 1970s and 1980s, alleges the Premier League club paid him £50,000 (about $63,540) and asked him to sign a confidentiality agreement last year to prevent any talk of his alleged abuse by former scout Eddie Heath.
      Johnson, now 57, says Heath, who has since died, abused him sexually beginning when he was 13 and, during an interview with the British newspaper The Daily Mirror, he accused Chelse