Crewe Alexandra has agreed to pay a settlement to a former player after he was abused by coach Barry Bennell, who was jailed for 31 years in 2018 for assaulting 12 former players during his time at the League Two club and Manchester City.

 

Crewe Alexandra said it did not “consider it appropriate to comment on individual cases that are being dealt with by its insurers” and the club reiterated it “sincerely regrets the abuse committed by Barry Bennell and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victims and survivors”.

The payment followed court proceedings and it is hoped that this will lead to other victims receiving justice and compensation for the assaults they have endured and the injuries they have suffered.

It emerged last month, that Crewe had admitted to a Football Association-commissioned inquiry, that no background checks were ever carried out on Bennell before hiring him and he and other coaches were encouraged to invite boys to stay overnight at their houses and take them on holidays.

Manchester City has set up a multi-million pound compensation scheme for victims of historical child sexual abuse carried out by former coaches at the club.

 

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