Staffordshire FA coach reveals strict safety measures after Barry Bennell case

17 February, 2018, 01:43 | Author: Luis Fowler
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Former English league coach Barry Bennell, the figure at the heart of English football's child abuse scandal, has been found guilty of three more charges of sexual abuse against young players mainly in the 1980s and is due to be sentenced on Monday.

Bennell, who was associated with City and Crewe Alexandra during his career in football, was this week found guilty on 43 counts of abusing 11 boys aged between eight and 15. For decades that nightmare has haunted us. Before the trial started, he pleaded guilty to seven charges of indecent assault involving three boys but denied the remainder.

"For decades we lived in fear".

Warren, who has been coaching football for four years, explained how coaches can never be left on their own with a child after training, when waiting for their parents to arrive.

During the course of his trial, Bennell was described as a "child molester on an industrial scale" who would groom his victims and their families.

Shaking with emotion, the victims of Barry Bennell told of their decades of trauma inflicted by the paedophile football coach who destroyed their lives.

However Bennell may have more than 100 victims in total as he could face further prosecution after an additional 86 complainants have come forward to say they too were abused by him.

A court sketch of former football coach Barry Bennell during his trial
Image A court sketch of former football coach Barry Bennell during his trial

"We broke the silence and we took back our voice".

"Whilst Manchester City FC is restricted as to what it can make public at present, the Club can confirm that to date, the Review Team has identified serious allegations of child sex abuse in respect of two identifiable individuals with potential historic connections to Manchester City".

"How can it be that no one realized something was wrong?"

Crewe Alexandra put out a statement expressing its "deepest sympathies" to Bennell's victims.The club said it was not aware of any sexual abuse by Bennell and only became aware of any offences committed by him when he was arrested in the United States in 1994. How is it that no one protected us then?

"Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse - no matter how long ago the incident took place - is urged to come forward and report it to police".

Man City offered its "heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences they have endured". Between 1985 and 1992, he was on the coaching staff at Crewe.

Also in court Thursday was Andy Woodward, a former footballer whose decision to speak out in November 2016 about abuse he suffered at the hands of Bennell led to the trial and sparked many other players to break their silence.

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