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Ex-Man City star is latest player to allege he was sexually abused by football coach

By PA Reporters

Published 24/11/2016

David White
David White

Eleven people have come forward to police in the wake of revelations about sexual abuse in football.

Former footballers David White, Paul Stewart and Andy Woodward have all revealed they were abused by football coaches as children. Ex-Liverpool and Tottenham player Stewart waived his anonymity in an interview with The Daily Mirror, after ex-Sheffield United player Woodward revealed that he was abused by coach Barry Bennell at Crewe Alexandra.

Former Manchester City star White became the latest footballer to reveal he was also a victim of child sex abuse, by jailed former coach Bennell.

White (49) told the BBC he was sexually abused by Bennell in the late 70s and early 80s while playing for Whitehill FC Junior team in Manchester.

"Given recent press stories I wish to confirm that I was sexually abused by my former football coach Barry Bennell in the late 70s and early 80s - this abuse took place while I was attached to Whitehill FC Junior team based in Manchester," he said.

The news of potential further cases came as the NSPCC announced it had set up a dedicated helpline for victims of abuse within football. Detective Inspector Sarah Hall, of Cheshire Police public protection unit, said: "As of today, Wednesday November 23, we have now been made aware of a number of people who have come forward wishing to speak to the police. At this stage we are in the process of making contact with them, and to date no arrests have been made and no-one else is under investigation."

Stewart (52) alleges he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a man who threatened to kill his family if he spoke out.

He claimed other boys were also abused by the same man.

The claims by the former FA Cup winner with Spurs follow Woodward's interview with The Guardian in which he said he suffered at the hands of Bennell between the ages of 11 and 15.

Sue Ravenlaw, head of equality and safeguarding at the Football Association, said she applauded Woodward's courage after he spoke out.

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