Barry Bennell convicted of further sexual offences

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Gary Cliffe, a former youth player at Man City, said Bennell abused him "hundreds of times", and took advantage of his status as a top football coach to molest and rape young players, even abusing Cliffe on the club's Maine Road pitch.

Bennell was found guilty on Tuesday of 36 charges of sexual abuse on 10 young players from 1979-90.

A cheer of "yes" came from the public gallery where six complainants sat - some of them cried as the judge discharged the jury.

Some of his accusers wept in court when the verdicts were read out.Bennell's trial is part of wider allegations of sexual and physical abuse of boys at football clubs in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s by the very people who were supposed to nurture their budding careers.

Bennell, who worked at Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, was found guilty of abusing 11 boys aged eight to 15.

The serial paedophile has now been convicted of a total of 43 counts of child sex abuse against 11 victims and will be sentenced on Monday.

Further allegations made by 86 others will also be investigated by police.

"The PFA continues to support survivors of sexual abuse and encourages anyone else who may have suffered, if they are ready to do so, to speak with the police".

He also demanded an apology from Crewe Alexandra.

His accusers told how he was treated with great reverence at Manchester City's stadium and had a "power hold" over the boys as they dreamed of becoming professional footballers.He abused the boys at his homes, where he had arcade games and exotic pets including a puma and a monkey, but also on trips away and in his vehicle while on the way to and from training, jurors heard.

"As a result of their investigations, the police found no evidence to corroborate that the club was aware of Mr Bennell's offending. Barry would abuse one of us then turn over and then abuse the other", said the victim. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

"We were little boys with a dream", he said.

Victims said they were abused at Bennell's home, which was described by one complainant as a "paradise" for young boys with a pool table, fruit machine, big televisions and unusual pets, as well as on the way to matches and in changing rooms.

But it said the club had been unaware of any sexual abuse by Bennell and no complaints about him had been received while he was employed by the club.

His mother, Margaret, said she holds not only Bennell, but "these people in the clubs" responsible.

"Because of the scale of Bennell's offending, the prosecution faced a number of challenges, including selecting charges which would adequately reflect the scale and seriousness of what Bennell did". The second identified individual - John Broome - is deceased and is not believed to be linked to Bennell.

Former Manchester City youth coach Steve Fleet told The Guardian he spoke out to stop the club hiring Bennell for a full-time role after hearing rumours he was "dodgy".

Bennell chose not to offer any evidence or witnesses in his defence and had told police he was suffering from cancer, which in turn had caused memory problems.

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