Fulham to launch academy probe after former youngster Max Noble claims he was subjected to racism and bullying which led him contemplating suicide
- Max Noble has claimed he was bullied and racially abused at Fulham’s academy
- The Premier League club are now launching an investigation into his claims
- Noble, now 31, says the ordeal left him depressed, severely anxious and suicidal
Fulham will launch an investigation into historic claims of racism and bullying within their academy.
The club’s safeguarding team will lead the probe into the claims made by former youngster Max Noble.
In an emotional interview with The i newspaper, Noble, now 31, detailed how the traumatic treatment he suffered at Fulham left him depressed, severely anxious and contemplating suicide.
Max Noble has claimed he was subjected to racism and bullying while at Fulham’s academy
Among the incidents were compulsory painkilling injections as a child, racism, bullying and Fulham refusing to pay for a double knee operation and then not renewing his contract, leaving him to foot the bill.
Noble said: ‘For an adult to lie to children, to groom them into something, then sweep the rug from under their feet.
‘It’s always an excuse used by the abuser: blame the victim. It’s an abuse scandal. This is football’s best-kept secret.’
Noble is in close contact with 25 ex-academy prospects who endured similar issues and around 150 others who have got in touch with him after he released a video sharing his experiences.
Fulham are now launching an investigation into Noble’s claims led by their safeguarding team
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