Ex-football coach Bob Higgins was ‘predatory paedophile’, court told

Suspect accused of using ‘kingmaker’ status to abuse boys over 25-year period

A former Southampton FC youth football coach was a “predatory paedophile” who used his power as one of the sport’s “kingmakers” to carry out a 25-year campaign of sexual abuse against boys as young as 11, a jury has been told.

Bob Higgins was seen as a “godlike” figure who coached players who went on to achieve national and international success but he was also a serial abuser of young teenagers, Bournemouth crown court heard on Tuesday.

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