Barry Bennell child sex abuse case

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Sexual abuse victim Andy Woodward says football coach Barry Bennell ruined his life.
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A youth scout and junior football coach, Barry Bennell was described as a "pied piper" who told young footballers he could help make their dreams come true.

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Man City launch child sex abuse victim payment scheme

Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

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

A club redress scheme is the first of its kind in British sport will pay six-figure sums to survivors of the most serious crimes.

Last year, former youth coach Barry Bennell was convicted of 43 charges relating to 12 former junior players between 1979 and 1990 during his time working for City and Crewe Alexandra.

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Victims will also receive a personal apology from a senior club official.

City know of 40 potential claimants to their compensation fund but they are braced for more cases.

One of the country's most prolific paedophiles, Bennell was jailed for 31 years. It was his fourth conviction for abusing boys.

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Another 86 people have since come forward to make complaints of abuse against him.

City said a further nine victims had made allegations against John Broome, who worked in the club's youth set-up in the 1960s.

He is now dead and no links with Bennell have been established.