Former football coach Barry Bennell pleaded not guilty to 20 charges of historical child abuse yesterday at the Chester Crown Court.

Bennell, 63, appeared via video link from prison. Bennell has already denied 8 offences but a further 12 charges have been added. He is charged with 14 counts of indecent assault, 5 counts of serious sexual assaults and 1 count of attempted buggery. All the offences are alleged to have taken place between 1980 and 1987 and involve 4 complainants who were boys under the age of 16 at the time of the offence.

Bennell worked as a coach for Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra, Stoke and junior teams in North West England and the Midlands during his career.

Judge Roger Dutton told Bennell that his trial was likely to be commenced in January 2018.

The case was adjourned to the 3rd July 2017 at the Liverpool Crown Court. Bennell was remanded in custody.

Jordans successfully represent and obtain compensation for clients who have suffered abuse whilst participating in sporting clubs and organisations. We would urge anyone affected to contact the Police and report their allegations by dialling 101 or via the NSPCC hotline which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642. We would encourage anyone who would like help in pursuing a civil claim to contact us.

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