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Barry Bennell found guilty of sexually abusing youth footballers

The former football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against boys from the youth systems of Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra.

He did not give evidence himself but his barrister argued that he was the “victim of a concerted effort by people from his past” and alleged that his complainants had been “jumping on the bandwagon and maliciously making up stories about him … motivated by attention-seeking or the prospect of compensation”.


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