Bob Higgins, 66 who ran the youth training programs at English clubs Southampton and Peterborough and was Malta’s national youth coach, has been found guilty of 45 charges of indecent assault against 23 teenage boys.
A jury returned guilty verdicts at Bournemouth Crown Court, with Higgins accused of sexually abusing schoolboy players across a period of 25 years. Higgins showed no emotion as the verdicts were read. He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on a future date.
When Higgins worked in Malta there were no reports filed of abuse.
Higgins sexually touched and groped victims, most of them trainees at Southampton FC and Peterborough United, between 1971 and 1996.
Higgins had also worked in Malta, but the Malta FA said in 2016 that it was not aware of any allegations of child sexual misconduct during his spell as MFA youth development officer in the early 1990s.
In 2016, the Malta Football Association had given a detailed explanation of Higgins’ work in Malta and how the MFA had tackled the situation. The English FA had not informed the MFA about Higgins.