Soccer

Rooney, Shearer make pleas amid sex-abuse scandal

  • Manchester United's Wayne Rooney reacts after missing a chance to score a goal during the English League Cup quarterfinal soccer match between manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

    Manchester United's Wayne Rooney reacts after missing a chance to score a goal during the English League Cup quarterfinal soccer match between manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is a Aug. 15, 2016 file photo of a corner flag at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea FC in London.  A former Chelsea player says he was paid by the Premier League club to "keep a lid" on sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of its former chief scout. Gary Johnson, who is now 57, told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper he was groomed and sexually assaulted repeatedly every week from the age of 13 until he was 16 or 17.(Nick Potts/PA via AP)

    FILE - This is a Aug. 15, 2016 file photo of a corner flag at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea FC in London. A former Chelsea player says he was paid by the Premier League club to "keep a lid" on sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of its former chief scout. Gary Johnson, who is now 57, told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper he was groomed and sexually assaulted repeatedly every week from the age of 13 until he was 16 or 17.(Nick Potts/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer, England captains present and past, have urged soccer players to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse amid the growing scandal in the British game.

Rooney joined with other current captains of various English national teams in a video on safeguarding published for the Football Association and children's charity NSPCC.

Rooney says, "If you're a young boy or girl and you're upset, hurt or scared with the way someone behaves with you, please let someone you trust know now."

Shearer has urged "every club, from the grassroots up, must continue to look at what they're doing to prevent abuse happening to any kids today and in the future."

Former professionals have gone public over the last two weeks about the ordeals they went through as youngsters in youth soccer. It has led to about 350 people reporting incidents of child sexual abuse at soccer clubs to 18 British police forces investigating the scandal.

The FA and a number of clubs have launched internal investigations.