Manchester have announced that they will be setting up a multi million pound fund for the victims of child sexual abuse.
Last year, former youth coach Barry Bennell was convicted of 43 chargesrelating to 12 former junior players between 1979 and 1990 during his time working for City and Crewe Alexandra. Bennell was jailed for 31 years.
In a statement issued this morning, the club says that the move follows the events of November 2016 when they commissioned a review to understand whether, and if so how, the Club was used by Barry Bennell or any other individual to facilitate alleged sexual abuse of children from 1964 to the present day.
That review led to the uncovering of serious allegations of child sex abuse in respect of another individual, John Broome. It is to victims of those two individuals that the Scheme applies.
The statement adds that:
“The Club reiterates, however, its heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences that they endured. All victims were entitled to expect full protection from the kind of harm they suffered as a result of their sexual abuse as children.” adding
“Manchester City and the Review Team remain keen to speak to any survivor of, or witness to sexual abuse which might in any way be connected to Manchester City or which could support the ongoing review.“