It was announced in August that legendary Crewe manager, Dario Gradi, is to be stripped of his MBE for services to football.
The former Crewe manager, now 82, was, in effect, banned for life from coaching by the Football Association after the revelations of the 2021 Sheldon Review into child sexual abuse in football. Gradi was found to have failed to protect children from the abuser Barry Bennell, though the Review found there was no evidence of his having acted inappropriately with children himself. However, in an assessment conducted by the FA, a further judgment was made that Gradi “could potentially cause or pose a risk of harm to children”.
Gradi was criticised, among other things, for failing to act in relation to allegations about Barry Bennell, described as the “devil incarnate” by a judge who imprisoned him in 2018 for 30 years for abuse against boys aged eight to 14. In the report, Sheldon stated that Gradi “did not consider a person putting their hands down another’s trousers to be an assault”, something he changed his mind to accept when Sheldon insisted that it was assault.