Bennell appeared at the Chester Crown Court on the 16th January 2017 and pleaded not guilty to eight charges of sexual assault against a boy under the age of sixteen years old.

Bennell who worked at Manchester City, Stoke City, Crewe Alexander and junior teams in the Midlands and North West England appeared at Court via a video link from HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes. The charges, which are seven counts of indecent assault on a boy and one count of attempted buggery relate to allegations of abuse between 1981 and 1986 when the boy was aged eleven to fifteen years old. One of the charges relates to a Butlin’s Holiday Camp and the others allegedly happened in Cheshire.

Judge Roger Dutton “reminded the press and members of the public that any identification of the alleged complainant will be taken very seriously by the Courts.”

After answering “not guilty” to the charges as they were put to him. He was remanded into custody until the 20th March 2017, when a further hearing will take place with a view to arranging a trial date.

We represent individuals who have been abused as children or teenagers when attending clubs and organisations, including Manchester City Football Club. When a person is employed or given the responsibility for teaching, coaching or leading others by an organisation or a Local authority and that person abuses their position and commits an act of assault or abuse a claim may be possible. We would urge anyone who would like assistance in pursuing a civil claim to contact us.

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