Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of several sexual offences against young boys in the 1980s.
The 64-year-old, who wasn't able to appear in court due to illness, had his day via videolink and was convicted on 36 charges ranging from indecent assault to other serious sexual offences against boys aged eight to 15 between
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During the hearing, Bennell was described by prosecutors as a
"Firstly, and most importantly, following today’s events at Liverpool Crown Court, Manchester City FC offers its heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences they have endured," the statement reads.
"No one can remove their suffering or that of others who suffered sexual abuse as children as a result of their involvement with football. All victims were entitled to expect full protection from the kind of harm they endured."
The club also revealed having set up review team to look into the allegations in 2016, but are not yet at liberty to disclose all of the findings.