Southampton will publish a review of the historic abuse at the club on Friday

Southampton will publish an independent review of the abuses committed by their former coach Bob Higgins later this week.

The Hay Club commissioned children’s charity Bernardo’s to review in September 2019 and on Tuesday they announced it had been completed and would be published in full on Friday.

Abuse survivors will have advance sight of the review and the club said Tuesday morning that they will receive a copy of it within 24 hours.

Higgins was jailed for 24 years in 2019 for abusing trainees in his care, mainly in Southampton and Peterborough, between 1971 and 1996.

Following his sentencing, the club offered an unreserved apology to all victims and survivors of Higgins’ abuse.

The Sheldon Review of Historical Abuse within Football, which was published earlier this year, criticized Southampton for failing to act on warnings about Higgins’ behaviour.

Sheldon also found that they were slow to report the allegation of abuse to the police or conduct further inquiries in time to confirm that the other boys were victims.

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