Home UK World Politics US Ocean Rescue Science & Tech Business Ents & Arts Offbeat Analysis Opinion Sky Views Videos Weather Watch Live Manchester City abuse compensation payouts could reach six figures The club establishes an unprecedented scheme which gives victims an alternative course of action to going through the courts. By Martha Kelner, sports correspondent
image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News Manchester Citys “survivors scheme” – offering compensation – is almost certainly unprecedented in British sport.
Cliffe appears to be referring to Crewe when hitting out at ‘other clubs’ for their failure to work with victims. The Gresty Road club are not accepting liability for the crimes Bennell committed while working for them, and the club’s lawyers wrote to one victim to say there is ‘no reasonable explanation or justification’ for waiting as long as he did to report the abuse.
Manchester City launch child sexual abuse compensation scheme for victims of evil Milton Keynes paedophile football coach Barry Bennell
It is a way for the boys – now men – who were abused by Barry Bennell or John Broome to claim compensation.
Cliffe, who spent time in Manchester City’s junior teams as a child, was sexually abused by Bennell on the Maine Road pitch, and later, after Bennell left the club to work for Crewe, in his own bed as the now jailed coach was invited by Cliffe’s parents to stay round his house.
It offers an alternative course of action to making claims through the courts, which can be a time consuming and emotionally damaging process.
It is, in effect, an admission from Manchester City of the responsibility the club has to bear for abuse that occurred while Bennell, one of the most prolific paedophiles in British history, worked with junior players at the club.
Its a little bit sensationalist the figures that have been bandied about,” Cliffe told talkSPORT. “As far as Im concerned City have done a marvellous thing in terms of taking responsibility and accepting culpability.
The former scout and coach was not paid a salary by City but had three stints at the clubs old Maine Road campus between 1976 and 1984.
Cliffe reveals almost 100 victims are still waiting for justice ‘through the criminal process’, and he advocates a change in the criminal justice system’s approach to mass reported cases.
Broome, who died in 2010, was a talent spotter and junior coach, and was involved at City from 1964-71. Some of his victims are also expected to claim through the fund.
Im a massive champion for changing mass reporting cases with the criminal justice system; as it stands at the moment it simply cannot cope and we do not have the wherewithal to sort this out.
It is understood that the legal firm representing the largest number of Bennells victims has indicated it will recommend claiming through this method, as opposed to via a court.
Man City set up compensation scheme for sexually abused youth players
Compensation figures will take into account “career blight” – a form of loss of earnings – legal fees, therapy fees and the psychological impact of the abuse.
Man City Issue Apology & Set Up Relief Fund for Abuse Victims of Barry Bennell & John Broome
It is expected that up to 40 victims could apply to the scheme, while payments made to those worst affected could run into six figures.
City said they commissioned a review in November 2016 into whether the club was used by Bennell and “any other individual to facilitate alleged sexual abuse of children from 1964 to the present day.”
Man City to compensate victims of child sexual abuse
It is understood that City have familiarised themselves with a case in the local area in which compensation was offered to the victims of Ian Paterson, a disgraced breast surgeon who operated on women unnecessarily.
In that instance, a £37m fund, established by Spire Healthcare – the firm that runs the two private hospitals where Paterson worked – as well as his insurers, was shared between almost 750 victims.
Manchester City introduces redress scheme for survivors of child sex abuse
The announcement of Citys “survivors scheme” is in stark contrast to the current stance from Crewe Alexandra, another club where Barry Bennell worked and carried out much of his abuse.
Former Crewe player Steve Walters is taking the club to court after he claimed they told him he had waited too long to report sex abuse by Bennell.
Manchester Citys review into historical sexual abuse is ongoing and the fund being established will not alter the path of this process.
An independent FA inquiry into footballs sex abuse scandal, led by Clive Sheldon QC, has been delayed several times and is not expected to deliver its findings until at least June.
Manchester City said in a statement: “The club continues to be restricted as to what it can make public at present for legal reasons.
“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.”
Man City step up against child abuse: Man City launch child sex abuse compensation scheme
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Manchester City to issue apology and set up fund for Bennell abuse victims
According to the likes of The Telegraph, the Premier League champions have launched a survivors scheme for the victims of Bennell and another paedophile, John Broome, who was also involved with the clubs youth set-up.
City did not reveal financial details of the scheme, but the BBC reported the club were set to offer millions of pounds in compensation. The BBC also reported that City know of 40 potential claimants to their compensation fund and are braced for more cases.
Last year Bennell lost an appeal against a 30-year prison sentence for multiple child sex offences. Three Court of Appeal judges ruled in June 2018 that the length of his jail term for multiple offences against boys he coached was not excessive.
Manchester City announce multi million pound fund for victims of Barry Bennell and John Broome
The 64-year-old former Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City coach and scout lived in Milton Keynes under the name Richard Jones until his arrest. He was sentenced last February for 52 offences committed against 12 boys he coached between 1979 and 1991.
The Court of Appeal judges said that because of the huge scale of his offending it would be wrong for them to reduce with the sentence. During his original six-week trial, Bennell was said to have committed industrial scale levels of abuse against vulnerable young boys in his care.
The move by Manchester City to launch a victims fund is expected to lead to the reigning Premier League champions offering compensation packages that could total several million pounds and an apology to the players who were sexually abused during their time at the club.
March 12 – English Premier League champions Manchester City have launched a compensation scheme for victims of historical child sexual abuse experienced while at the club.
The scheme, which is the first of its kind to be set up by one of the clubs implicated in the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked football, was announced by City on Tuesday morning.
City launched an independent QC led inquiry in November 2016 into Bennells connections with the club and how the former youth coach – described as the devil incarnate by a judge – was able to exploit a prominent role to abuse boys as young as eight.