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Notorious pedophile Barry Bennell was ‘chased away’ by Manchester United during his career

Notorious pedophile Barry Bennell was ‘chased away’ by Manchester United during his career, says one of eight men who took legal action against Manchester City.

  • Eight men sue City after being abused by former coach Barry Bennell
  • City denies Bennell was an employee or in a ‘job-like’ relationship
  • A man has told the Superior Court that Bennell was known as the ‘Man City scout’
  • Bennell was also ‘chased away’ by Manchester United, says same man

One of the eight men who sued Manchester City told a judge that pedophile Barry Bennell was ‘kicked out’ from Manchester United.

A witness added that he had often seen Bennell behind bars outside the players’ entrance at the City’s former home on Maine Road, in an area reserved for soccer players and officials on game days.

In Superior Court, a group of eight sued the City for damages after being abused by Bennell, who they say was a City scout, and six also claim loss of income.

City attorneys say Bennell was not a scout at the time and also did not have any employment-like relationship with the club during the period in question, 1979 to 1985.

Notorious pedophile Barry Bennell was 'chased away' from Manchester United, court says

Notorious pedophile Barry Bennell was ‘chased away’ from Manchester United, court says

A man who sued the City claimed that Bennell would take the college players to Maine Road and to training ground to see the first team.

A man who sued the City claimed that Bennell would take the college players to Maine Road and to training ground to see the first team.

A man who sued the City claimed that Bennell would take the college players to Maine Road and to training ground to see the first team.

The victim, now in his 50s and a former talented school soccer player, said he met Bennell when he was about 12 in the early 1980s. He wiped away a tear as he told Judge Johnson how he felt.

He added that “everyone knew him as the Manchester City scout.”

The man recounted how Bennell took school players to watch games on Maine Road and to City training ground. Explaining what he believed to have been United’s attitude towards Bennell, he added: “I think he was expelled from Manchester United.”

The victim said trips to City games were a “kind of reward” if the youngsters played well. “If you got on the wrong side of him, they would drop you,” he added. The man also said that Bennell had two dogs and explained, “If you didn’t play well, or something like that, you had to clean up all the dog feces in the basement.”

Maine Road games were said to be a 'reward' if youngsters played well

Maine Road games were said to be a 'reward' if youngsters played well

Maine Road games were said to be a ‘reward’ if youngsters played well

A witness, later called to the stand, said that the first time he heard the name of the convicted child molester was when the manager of his youth team told the players that Bennell was there as a city scout to watch his game. .

“There was a mix of City and United fans on the team,” he recalled. “There were boos and jeers because he worked for City.”

On questioning, the witness, who was not abused, added that on trips to see the City, his family would “point Barry Bennell off the ground dressed in a tracksuit.”

Bennell is currently serving a 34-year sentence for child abuse

Bennell is currently serving a 34-year sentence for child abuse

Bennell is currently serving a 34-year sentence for child abuse

“We would stand outside the players’ entrance to get autographs,” he added. “ Mom would say there is Barry Bennell and he was on the other side of the railing at the access to the players’ entrance. ”

When asked if that area was open to the public, he replied: ‘No.’

Judge Johnson has heard how the City established a compensation plan more than four years ago. It is understood that they paid around £ 4 million to 64 claimants.

Bennell, now 67, was sentenced for the fifth time in 2018 after being found guilty of abusing the man and several other victims, following a hearing in Liverpool Crown Court. He is serving a 34-year sentence.

In a statement released before the trial, the city said that the cases being heard ‘are those of the survivors who are being advised by a single law firm that did not recommend the (compensation) scheme to them and instead the he is representing in a civil action. ‘ .

They added: ‘The club is named in the case only as a formality and does not control or make decisions within the litigation, such as who to call as witnesses.’

Bennell is due to testify on behalf of city attorneys via video link from prison next month.

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