Former youth footballer says pedophile coach Barry Bennell was a ‘god figure’ who ‘ran everything’ at Manchester City as the Supreme Court hears more than eight men taking legal action against the Premier League club
- A former youth footballer said that Barry Bennell ‘was, in my opinion, Manchester City’
- He said the pedophile trainer was a ‘divine figure running everything there’
- Eight former youth players have filed damages claims against Manchester City
- Six of the former youth players also claim lost club earnings
Pedophile Coach Barry Bennell “was, in my eyes, Manchester City,” a former youth footballer told a High Court judge.
The man, now 50, also told Judge Johnson that Bennell was a “divine figure running everything there.” He testified at a trial in which eight former youth players filed damages claims against City, saying they were abused by Bennell when they played soccer in the Northwest more than 30 years ago.
Six of the group are also claiming lost club profits, all saying Bennell was operating as a city scout.
Pedophile coach Barry Bennell ‘was, in my opinion, Manchester City’, a former youth footballer told a High Court judge
The man, now 50, also told Judge Johnson that Bennell (pictured) was a ‘divine figure running everything there.’
City dispute the claims and deny that Bennell’s relationship with the club was ‘job-like’ at the time in question, between 1979 and 1985.
The man, who is not part of the group making claims against City at the hearing, said Bennell was heavily involved with the youth team he played for. He said Bennell also coached him when he trained at City.
“We felt like we were part of Manchester City Football Club,” said the man, who says Bennell abused him.
Bennell, who is serving a 34-year prison sentence after being convicted of sex crimes against children on five separate occasions, four in the UK and one in the US, is required to testify via video link from prison later this month. .