AFL legend Barry Cable sued over historical child sex abuse claims

Australian Football Hall of Fame legend Barry Cable is being sued over allegations he persistently sexually abused a child during his playing days in the 1960s and 1970s.

The 79-year-old is accused of abusing a girl when she was aged between 12 and 17, with the woman now seeking damages from the former Perth and North Melbourne football club player and coach.

Barry Cable.

Cable, who resides in Western Australia, has denied the accusations and a District Court civil trial is due to commence on Wednesday. He has never been charged over the allegations.

The matter, and Cable’s identity, have been suppressed by the court since proceedings were first launched in 2019, however the media on Tuesday successfully argued the right to report on the case.

Cable is considered one of the greatest rovers in AFL history. He won multiple best and fairest across his three clubs, Perth, North Melbourne and East Perth, playing a total of 379 games before retiring in 1979 after injuring himself in a farming accident.

He went on to coach the three clubs between 1972 and 1984.

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