"We've had a staggering surge in calls to our football helpline which reveals the worrying extent of abuse that had been going on within the sport."
As usual the Football Association has tried to cast doubt on claims that some clubs had tried to cover-up allegations, even though Chelsea have been revealed to have done so.
"If the FA have made errors, we will own up to them as must the rest of football if avoidable errors have been made," Martin Glenn, the FA Chief Executive told reporters on Thursday.
"The only way that this gets dealt with is through openness and honesty and everyone exposing what has happened."
On Tuesday, Barry Bennell, 62, a former talent spotter at Crewe Alexandra and coach at Manchester City, was charged with eight historical sex offences against a 14-year-old boy. They included indecent assault, inciting a boy to commit an act of gross indecency and assault with intent to commit buggery.
Our own Paul Stewart was tearful when he spoke the BBC last week waiving his right to annoymity.
"My belief is that there's hundreds. The access to the children at sport level is very easy and it's perfect ground for (child abusers) to prey."
Theclubs have not been named and it is unlikely that the Police have got to the bottom of it all as yet so there may well be more to come. It is devastating to happen in our national sport where youngsters can't speak out for fear of ruining their football dream.