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.
It is a way for the boys – now men – who were abused by Barry Bennell or John Broome to claim compensation.
It offers an alternative course of action to making claims through the courts, which can be a time consuming and emotionally damaging process.
Man City to compensate victims of child sexual abuse
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manchester City launch child sexual abuse compensation scheme for victims of evil Milton Keynes paedophile football coach Barry Bennell
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.
Manchester City are setting up a scheme that could lead to survivors of child sexual abuse at the club receiving payments totalling several million pounds.
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.
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.
The scheme will be kept open for victims who prefer to consider pursuing a civil claim, and there will be no confidentiality clause in settlements. In 2016, Chelsea FC apologised to former player Gary Johnson after it emerged they had paid him £50,000 to keep quiet about allegations of sex abuse by a former chief scout.
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.
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.
Man City set up compensation scheme for sexually abused youth players
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 City to launch compensation scheme for victims of historic child sex abuse
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.
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.
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 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.
“The club reiterates, however, its heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences that they endured.
Manchester City launch scheme to compensate victims of child sexual abuse
“All victims were entitled to expect full protection from the kind of harm they suffered as a result of their sexual abuse as children.”
Manchester City have launched a compensation scheme for survivors of historical child sex abuse in football, the Premier League club have announced.
The scale of abuse among youth teams in Britain came to light in 2016, when a string of ex-footballers, including England internationals, told of the crimes inflicted upon them, including years of being repeatedly raped.
Former football coach Barry Bennell was last year sentenced to 30 years in prison for abusing youth players, with the judge branding him “sheer evil”.
Manchester City launches redress scheme for survivors of historic sex abuse by Barry Bennell and John Broome
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”.
That review, which is ongoing, led to the “uncovering of serious allegations of child sex abuse in respect of another individual, John Broome.”
Bennell, who was a youth team coach with City and Crewe, was convicted of dozens of offences committed against 12 boys he coached between 1979 and 1991.