Soc­cer coach at cen­tre of English abuse scan­dal hos­pi­talised

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The coach at the cen­tre of English soc­cer’s sex abuse scan­dal has been hos­pi­talised.

Barry Ben­nell, a for­mer youth-team coach with pro­fes­sional clubs who was con­victed on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions for abus­ing young­sters, was in­volved in an in­ci­dent on Fri­day evening.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers at­tended an ad­dress in Kneb­worth Park, Steve­nage ... in con­nec­tion with a fear for wel­fare in­ci­dent,” Thames Val­ley Po­lice said in re­sponse to me­dia re­ports about Ben­nell. “A 62-year-old man was lo­cated and was taken to hos­pi­tal in or­der to re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment, where he re­mains.”

Ben­nell was con­victed in 1995 in Florida and in English courts in 1998 and 2015. But over the last two weeks, there has been a re­newed fo­cus on the cases as for­mer pro­fes­sional play­ers waived their anonymity to pub­licly dis­cuss the crimes of Ben­nell and al­le­ga­tions against other coaches.

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