An alleged victim of former football coach Barry Bennell stayed at his house after an arrangement made with ex-Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi, a court has heard.
Liverpool Crown Court was shown a video of a police interview with the complainant, who alleges he was raped by Bennell, 64, between 18 and 20 times at his home.
He said he would stay at the coach's house with other boys while playing for Crewe's youth team.
Asked whose idea it was to stay there, he said:
But alleged victim also said Gradi stopped him staying there after about 18 months, adding: "I grew up thinking Dario saved me from Barry."
He told police how Bennell had first tried to touch him while he was in a bunk bed but he told him to "go away".
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The complainant broke down in tears on occasions as he described being "paralysed with fear" while he was abused by Bennell.
He said: "You feel like you're paralysed. All I'm trying to think about is my football. I can't say anything because of my football."
The complainant told police that the abuse - alleged to have taken place over an 18-month period - ended when Gradi stopped him staying at Bennell's home.
He said: "Dario Gradi stopped me staying with Bennell. I was not allowed to stop there any more."
Asked what was the reason given, he replied: "I have no idea. All I can remember is it just stopped.
"I grew up thinking Dario saved me from Barry. I never stayed there again."