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Manchester City to offer compensation to child sexual abuse victims

City launched an independent inquiry into the Barry Bennell scandal in 2016. Credit: PA

Manchester City football club is set to offer compensation to victims of historical child sexual abuse.

Former youth players who were abused by the club's former coach Barry Bennell could receive upwards of £100,000 each, depending on the extent of the abuse they suffered.

It follows a review commissioned by a club into the actions of Bennell, who was found guilty of abusing 12 boys between 1979 and 1990, when he worked for City and Crewe Alexandra.

Manchester City say the compensation scheme will apply to Bennell's victims, and those of John Broome.

Serial paedophile Barry Bennell was branded "the devil incarnate" by a judge.

In a statement posted on their website, the club said it was restricted on what it could say at this stage as their review remains ongoing.

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.

The Club remains fully focused on completing its Review to the highest standard possible.

– Manchester City