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Football sex abuse: Crewe 'knew of claims against Barry Bennell’

Football sex abuse: Crewe 'knew of claims against Barry Bennell’

It has been reported that Crewe Alexandra Football Club were aware in the late 1980s of allegations that youth team coach Barry Bennell had sexually abused a junior footballer.

Four ex-footballers have spoken about being abused as children by Bennell. Crewe did not comment, but previously said they were "making inquiries".

A former director of the football club told the Guardian that senior officials had discussed firing Bennell but decided there was not enough evidence.

In a news report he has said that conversations were had between senior officials at Crewe Alexandra. But despite the discussions, the paper says Bennell was allowed to stay in his position as youth coach. However allegedly, a decision was made that Bennell was not to be left alone with boys and he was stopped from having them stay overnight at his home.

The Football Association has not commented on the Guardian's claims about Crewe. However, earlier in the week, FA chairman Greg Clarke said: "I think the important thing is to make sure at the moment that people are safe and that crimes are being investigated.

Police forces say they are now investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse within football.

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