Pep Guardiola expresses sympathy for victims of Barry Bennell
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his sympathy for the victims of Barry Bennell.
Bennell, a former scout for City, will be sentenced on Monday after being convicted of 43 counts of child sex abuse at Liverpool Crown Court.
Bennell's trial heard he coached a number of junior boys' teams in the early-to-mid-1980s which provided youth recruits for City.
The club issued a statement on Thursday offering "its heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences they have endured" and Guardiola reaffirmed that stance on Friday.
Speaking at a press conference, the Spaniard said: "Well of course it's a personal issue, all the people in this room know it's a terrible history, so my feelings and thoughts are for the victims.
"Hopefully everyone can learn from that, (and) society can learn from that, because I'm a father, so when you see what has happened, it can happen with my sons and daughters, it's a terrible situation, and it's good that that situation appeared and the facts about that and hopefully it doesn't happen again.
"The authorities and judges have to decide in a better way to try to make a good example for the future so it doesn't happen again."