Abuse survivors’ lawsuit not fair, Celtic FC lawyers argue as case adjourned – The Athletic

Lawyers representing Celtic FC have insisted a lawsuit by survivors of historic sexual abuse should not proceed because the loss of important documents would mean the case would not be fair.
Twenty-two former Celtic Boys Club players are seeking compensation from the Scottish Premiership side over the sexual abuse allegations.
The alleged offences date back to the 1970s and 80s.
The ongoing compensation case is attempting to determine whether or not Celtic FC are responsible as employers for the abuse that allegedly took place at the Boys Club.
Lawyers acting for the survivors argue that Celtic Boys Club and Celtic FC were “intimately connected”.
Celtic deny the claim, however, insisting that the two clubs were separate entities.
And on Monday lawyers representing Celtic said the compensation case should be halted because documents which would be key to their case that the two clubs were different entities were missing.
The ongoing compensation case was then adjourned until December 19 after both parties asked for further time to prepare their cases.
At a previous hearing in February Lord Arthurson gave permission for 22 former Celtic Boys Club players to launch a compensation claim against the Parkhead club.
Lord Arthurson had heard that uncovered evidence showed apparent close links between Celtic Boys Club and Celtic FC.
He said the evidence showed that the two entities were “intimately connected” and therefore gave permission for the survivors to be allowed to sue Celtic.
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