Paedophile ex-coach Bennell charged with child abuse

Updated: Dec 01, 2016, 10:36 IST | AFP

Former coach Barry Bennell, who is at the centre of a scandal rocking English football, was charged with eight counts of child abuse, prosecutors said

Barry Bennell
Barry Bennell

London: Former coach Barry Bennell, who is at the centre of a scandal rocking English football, was charged with eight counts of child abuse, prosecutors said.

Bennell, who has already served three jail terms for previous child sex offences, has faced a slew of new allegations by at least 20 former footballers spanning three decades beginning in the 1970s when he was working for Crewe Alexandra, Man City and Stoke City.

"Following a review of the evidence, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, Mr Bennell, 62, has been charged with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy under the age of 14," said a statement from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Meanwhile, Chelsea announced they have retained a law firm to carry out an investigation concerning an individual employed by the club in the 1970s, who is now dead.

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