United Kingdom ex-coach guilty on 43 charges of child sex abuse

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Warren Holmes, 23, youth coach at Stoke City Girls, spoke out in light of Barry Bennell's convictions of 43 counts of sexual offences against children.

In a harrowing court case lasting almost five weeks, the former soccer coach had forced a group of men to detail the sexual abuse they suffered as boys - then aspiring players - while in his supposed care and had to live with through adulthood.

A cheer of "yes" came from the public gallery where six victims sat with family members as the final verdicts were read out.

It is understood the total number of victims assaulted by Bennell could exceed 100 after 86 more people came forward to report abuse following publicity about the case.

Bennell, 64, was found guilty of indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery against 11 victims - all boys aged between eight and 15 - in a complex trial in Liverpool in northwest England. For decades that nightmare has haunted us.

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Victims who had been coached by Bennell as boys told how he had a "power hold" over them as they dreamed of becoming professional footballers.

Bennell, who is now known as Richard Jones, has been described by prosecutors as a "child molester on an industrial scale".

"For years, hundreds and hundreds of us were groomed in plain view, lavished with gifts and designer sports gear and taken on trips all round the world", Walters said outside court.

The case has sparked wider allegations of sexual and physical abuse of boys at football clubs in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, some of whom went on to become heroes of the terraces and worldwide stars.

"How can it be that no one realized something was wrong?"

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His victims are convinced that if the football authorities had been doing their job correctly in the first place back then he would have been stopped much, much sooner.

Another person with "potential historic connections" to Manchester City has been linked with serious allegations of child sex abuse, the club has said.

At the end of the trial, City stated: "Firstly, and most importantly, following today's events at Liverpool Crown Court, Manchester City FC offers its heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences they have endured". Between 1985 and 1992, he was on the coaching staff at Crewe.

The Premier League table-toppers launched a QC-led review in November 2016 to investigate whether former City scout Barry Bennell used the club to facilitate abuse of young footballers.

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