Sunday 22 July 2018

Pep Guardiola expresses sympathy for victims of Barry Bennell

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

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."

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