WORLD Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst has spoken of his sorrow for football’s child sex abuse victims.
The 79-year-old issued a statement in the wake of a damning report.
Clive Sheldon QC identified at least 692 victims.
His report named eight paedos including Chelsea chief scout Eddie Heath.
Sir Geoff sacked Heath six months after taking the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge in 1979.
The 1966 England hero said: “It was purely a footballing decision.
“I feel incredible sorrow for the victims of Heath and the other protagonists in this sad affair, but at no point did I have any knowledge whatsoever of any wrongdoing.
“It came as a complete shock to me.”
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