Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Barry Bennell's victims convinced clubs new about the abuse

Barry Bennell's victims convinced clubs new about the abuse

Bennell, who is facing complaints from another 86 former footballers, continued scouting and coaching for City's junior teams, raping and molesting countless boys during seven years connected to the club, even though high-ranking officials had been warned to keep away from a man who now faces the rest of his life in prison and has been described as having "almost an insatiable appetite" for young boys.

This latest trial - his fourth conviction for child sex offences - heard evidence that he abused players at his home, on football trips to north Wales, Spain and the U.S. and even at Crewe's Gresty Road ground.

He said wanted an apology at long last from Crewe Alexandra, the club where Bennell coached, and wanted the Football Association governing body to take action.

He followed court proceedings via a video link due to illness but will be brought to court on Monday for sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court.

"Instead he abused them".

"For decades, we held our silence, just like our abuser told us", Micky Fallon, one of the victims, said outside court.

But he was also a "child molester on an industrial scale".

Bennell, 64, was found guilty of indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery against 11 victims - all boys aged between eight and 15 - in a complex trial in Liverpool in northwest England. There is no doubt that he is a predatory paedophile who abused his position of trust as a football coach for his own sexual gratification.

Andy Woodward's decision to speak out about Bennell’s abuse led to the trial
Andy Woodward’s decision to speak out about Bennell’s abuse led to the trial

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

Bennell, who coached at Crewe Alexandra and scouted for Manchester City, now faces sentencing.

"How can it be that no one realised something was wrong?" he asked.

According to the most recent figures issued by a specialist police unit investigating non-recent child sexual abuse in British soccer, 294 alleged suspects have been identified and the number of victims stands at 839, ranging from age 4 to 20.

Mr Barnes told Dispatches: "He said we've had one or two reports about him. mucking about with kids or something like that".

Another person with "potential historic connections" to Manchester City has been linked with serious allegations of child sex abuse, the club has said.

"We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traumatic experience the victims and survivors have endured at the hands of this individual, and the bravery they have shown in coming forward".

Former player Gary Cliffe, 47, who was abused by Bennell "hundreds" of times, said his "horrific" ordeal left him "hating" his childhood.

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