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Barry Bennell branded ‘sheer evil’ as he is sentenced to 31 years

Judge describes former youth football coach as ‘devil incarnate’ for child sexual abuseThe former football coach Barry Bennell was branded a “monster” by one of his victims in court as he was sentenced to 31 years.The catalogue of sexual abuse revealed…

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Did this special football talent kill himself because of Barry Bennell?

Mark Hazeldine was a star of the Manchester City youth set-up but his behaviour changed dramatically after he went on a trip to Spain alone with Bennell. In 2006 he took his own lifeIt doesn’t take long, listening to the stories about Mark Hazeldine, t…

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Barry Bennell: the predatory Pied Piper who made stars and shattered lives

The former Manchester City and Crewe coach exploited his status to abuse potentially hundreds of boys, employing gifts, a sheep’s head and haunted houses to subject his victims to unspeakable horrorsAndy Woodward, one of the boys lost and brutalised du…

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‘There will be hundreds more,’ says player Bennell abused on Maine Road pitch

Former Manchester City youth player Gary Cliffe, waiving his anonymity after the Barry Bennell trial, tells the Guardian how countless instances of abuse shaped his life and of his anger towards the clubIt is when Gary Cliffe, speaking with remarkable …

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Manchester City ‘ignored warnings’ and kept Barry Bennell in youth set-up

• Bennell continued scouting and coaching for City, abusing countless boys• City youth coach Steve Fleet urged club in 1970s to keep away from BennellManchester City, one of the clubs most seriously implicated in the Barry Bennell sexual abuse scandal,…

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Barry Bennell found guilty of sexually abusing youth footballers

Ex-Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra coach convicted on charges covering 1979 to 1990The former football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against boys whom he targeted in the youth football set-ups of Manchester C…

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Barry Bennell found guilty of sexually abusing youth footballers

Ex-Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra coach convicted on charges covering 1979 to 1990The former football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against boys whom he targeted in the youth football set-ups of Manchester C…

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Barry Bennell accused of smirking during sexual abuse trial

Former youth player accuses ex-football coach of showing no remorse over alleged rapeBarry Bennell has been accused of smirking during his trial on a day in which a court heard how the father of one alleged victim accosted the former Manchester City fo…

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The Munich disaster’s long shadow still falls on us all, 60 years on

Listen to Bobby Charlton and you know why the minute’s silence at Manchester United’s closest home game to the anniversary, this year against Huddersfield next Saturday, always resonatesThere are always moments in this job that you remember more than o…

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Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley are adding to the fog on the Tyne

The takeover uncertainty leaves Newcastle in limbo, with no obvious direction, a willing but limited team and a manager happy to leave everyone wondering whether he will quitWhen Kevin Keegan took over as manager at Newcastle United in 1992, the first …

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Barry Bennell sexual abuse trial: ‘He had this power over you’

Alleged victim says Dario Gradi arranged for him to stay at Bennell’s house and describes arguments for ‘safer’ bedsThe former football coach Barry Bennell abused so many of the boys in his care that they had arguments about getting the beds regarded a…

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Gary Speed ‘one of four players coached by Bennell to have killed themselves’

Former Wales manager hanged himself years after playing in team coached by Barry Bennell, court hearsGary Speed was one of four players from Barry Bennell’s junior football teams who killed himself in later life after being coached by the man now charg…

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Barry Bennell ‘was God’, says alleged sexual abuse victim

Man tells court Bennell gave Manchester City youth players football kit to win them overBarry Bennell was regarded as “God” at Manchester City during the years when he was sexually abusing boys who had dreams of becoming professional footballers, a jur…

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Barry Bennell ‘contacted alleged victim to say cancer was payback’

Liverpool crown court hears that former football coach contacted ex-player he allegedly abused 25 years earlierBarry Bennell contacted one of his alleged victims via Facebook a quarter of a century after subjecting the former Manchester City junior pla…

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FA stuck in credibility gap over challenges of football’s era of truth

Greg Clarke and co lack the trust needed to tackle the game’s rising tide of allegations of abuse and racismIt is flicking through the glossy pages of the Chelsea programme, going back a few years now, when you come across the article name?checking one…

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Barry Bennell abused boys in remote ‘haunted house’, court told

Alleged victim tells jury that former Crewe Alexandra coach placed a severed sheep’s head in bed of young football team-mateAn alleged victim of Barry Bennell has told a jury he knew “there were hundreds out there” with similar stories and recounted on…

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Football coach Barry Bennell had three boys in bed at once, trial told

Complainant says none of boys reported alleged sexual abuse by ex-coach for fear of losing chance to play for Manchester CityA former junior footballer from Manchester City’s youth system cried as he told police he was sexually abused around 100 times …

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Misunderstood Ross Barkley must seize his chance at Chelsea | Daniel Taylor

Everton’s loss can be England’s gain in a World Cup year if Antonio Conte can do the trick for a real confidence playerThere was a time, going back a few years, when Everton envisaged Ross Barkley being a different kind of player to the one we see now….

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Former football coach charged with alleged sexual offences

• 57-year-old is set to appear in court on Wednesday• He is facing a number of charges including indecent assault, police sayA former football coach has been charged with a string of alleged sexual offences as part of an investigation by Cheshire polic…

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Nottingham Forest sack Mark Warburton as owners lose confidence

• Warburton leaves City Ground with team 14th in Championship• Renewed optimism around club not matched by faith in managerNottingham Forest are looking for a new manager after losing faith in Mark Warburton and sacking him on the back of their 14th le…