“What a courageous soul you are…” Viewers react to Richie Sadlier’s emotional appearance on The Late Late Show

RTE soccer pundit Richie Sadlier made an emotional appearance on The Late Late Show last night, as he recalled being the victim of sexual abuse when he was 14 years old.

The well loved former Ireland international player spoke honestly to host Ryan Tubridy about the events that changed his life, and viewers had high praise for the Dubliner’s honesty.

“I was sexually abused when I was a young lad. I was 14 years old and it was over a period of about six weeks,” he said on the RTE show last night.

“I would play along with his little nice guy act afterwards,” he said, adding that he didn’t tell his friends or family at the time.

“My interpretation of what happened was, this was my failure.

“I almost gave him a free pass and this is a weird thing to explain. “My thoughts were completely bonkers about the whole thing.”

“My life back then, football was everything for me. I never really caused any bother to anyone.”

The 40-year-old’s bravery in telling his story is sure to resonate with other abuse survivors, and he recounts his personal journey in new book, Recovering, which is out now in Ireland.

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