Legal Case Against Manchester City FC’s Barry Bennell

Eight men who have suffered sexual assaults by Barry Bennell whilst he worked for Manchester City FC as Premier Club Scout are bringing a civil legal case for compensation against Manchester City for the abuse and injuries they have suffered.

Barry Bennell is currently serving a 31 year prison sentence for the sexual abuse of 12 boys during the period of 1979 to 1991, at Manchester City FC.

Eight men are pursuing their claims under the legal principle of vicarious liability, which states that Manchester City are liable for Bennell’s actions whilst he was working as a Scout for them.

Whilst Bennell was not officially “on the books “as an employee of Manchester City, it will be argued that the nature of their relationship was akin to employment.

At a preliminary hearing, James Counsell QC, representing the men, stated, “in a very similar High Court Case Blackpool Football Club was found liable for the sexual abuse of an aspiring footballer by convicted paedophile Frank Roper who informally worked at the club as a scout”.

Defendant Counsel, Michael Kent QC argued, “Bennell never had a formal contact of employment which raised the issue of whether the defendant could ever to be found liable.”

Two of the men are also bringing claims against Crewe Alexander Football Club where Bennell worked as a youth coach during the mid 1980’s. Crewe Alexander have denied that the “assaults occurred in the course of or, were closely connected with his employment”.

The Court heard that the men had suffered sexual abuse by Bennell for a period of up to 5 years and had continued to suffer the effect of the abuse into adulthood.

Seven of the men also allege that the effect of the abuse preventing them from having a chance to pursue a career as a professional footballer.

Mrs Justice Lambert ordered the claims to be heard together in an eight week trial commencing in October 2021.


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