A VICTIM of paedophile football coach Barry Bennell has slammed Man City’s “callous” compensation scheme – and claims he’s still not receive his £35k payout.
The former youth player was just 12 when beast Bennell, now 65, targeted him in the 1980s.
Paedo football coach Barry Bennell abused boys for decades working at clubs including Man City[/caption]
Bennell was convicted last year of abusing 12 boys and sentenced to 30 years[/caption]
His trauma was so severe that he was forced to turn away from a potentially lucrative future as a professional footballer.
Manchester City – where Bennell worked as a youth coach – have offered to pay him £35,000 as part of its pledge to compensate victims.
But the former player, now in his forties, says the offer does not come close to making up for the impact of the abuse he suffered, the Daily Record reports.
He has suffered PTSD, lost his job and marriage and even tried to take his own life.
It’s been handled in the most callous way, just so they portray that it’s all over and done with
Barry Bennell abuse victim
And he claims he is still yet to receive any money – more than a year since Bennell was jailed for 30 years.
The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “This isn’t close to being justice for the victims.
“It’s been handled in the most callous way, just so they portray that it’s all over and done with.”
The victim added that he was abused by Bennell “thousands” of times.
And the loss of earnings that he’s suffered because he was forced to abandon a football career dwarfs the £35k sum.
LOST FOOTBALL CAREER
He added: “Bennell must have touched me in an inappropriate way over a thousands times over a year.
“Does it mean I could get £12,500 for each of those incidents?
“They said I could get a flat payment of £35,000 for potential loss of earnings.
“I could’ve been earning that in a week playing for a big club.
“I appreciate they made an effort to deal with the past but there must be a better way.
“It’s time people like me got what they’re owed.”
STRING OF SEX CRIMES
Bennell was convicted of 43 historical offences against youngsters training at Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra.
He was jailed for 30 years last February for the attacks on 12 boys between 1979 and 1991.
Man City have offered a scaled compensation scheme – with payouts ranging between £5,000 and £100,000 depending on the level of abuse a victim suffered.
The government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme awards child sex abuse victims between £1,000 to £27,000.
The scheme, which is the first of its kind in football, is designed to offer survivors an alternative – with absolutely no obligation – to civil litigation, a process which can often be lengthy, costly and combative for survivors
City have defended their scheme as a “quicker and more cost-effective alternative” to court procedures.
A club spokesman said: “[Our] review into historic child sex abuse and the resulting Survivor Compensation scheme is the result of more than two years of exhaustive research and engagement with a large number experts in the field.
“The scheme, which is the first of its kind in football, is designed to offer survivors an alternative – with absolutely no obligation – to civil litigation, a process which can often be lengthy, costly and combative for survivors.
“The Scheme was created voluntarily by the club and has been well received by stakeholders, not least by law firms with particular experience in this field.”
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Last month, The Sun told how Bennell was awarded £89,348 of taxpayers’ cash as he tried to evade justice and sue prison staff.
The legal aid cheques began 20 years ago and include £4,880 for a clinical negligence claim during a previous prison term in 2005.
Last year Bennell, 65, spent £77,789 fighting child abuse claims.
Ex footballer Andy Woodward was among the most high profile victims of Barry Bennell[/caption]
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