>> It began as a harrowing account of child abuse, suffered by a former professional English football player. But last month's revelations may have lifted the lid on a nationwide pedophile scandal. Two weeks ago, 43 year old Andy Woodward told The Guardian newspaper that his life had been ruined after he was molested by youth football coach Barry Bennell.
His revelations prompted 20 other former players to come forward with their own stories. Bennell has been charged, and hundreds more have come forward. After a help line was set up on behalf of the English Football Association by Children's Charity, and SPCC. John Brown from the organization says the scandal could dwarf that involving late entertainer, Jimmy Savile.
>> There were certainly parallels with Savile. But in terms of the volume of calls that have come through, and importantly in terms of the number of calls that we've now referred on to police and to children's services right across the country. Those referrals on a three times more in the same period of time than when Savile broke.
>> Leaders in British football are paying attention to all of the allegations.>> Well, let me be clear. We need to be effective, and we need to take it extremely seriously, which we do. And as I said before we have the power, that once we hear of wrongdoings we will deal with it.
>> There are now 15 police forces across the country investigating claims of abuse. And the NSPCC say they will keep their help line open for as long as necessary.