Football sex abuse scandal: Barry Bennell 'taken to hospital after being found unconscious'

Bennell worked for a number of football clubs including Crewe Alexandra, whose Gresty Road ground is pictured here

Monday, November 28, 2016

The man at the centre of the football sex abuse scandal has been taken to hospital after being found unconscious.

Barry Bennell, a convicted serial paedophile, was admitted to hospital after police responded to a "fear for welfare incident" at an address in Stevenage on Friday evening.

Bennell, a former youth coach with Crewe and Manchester City amongst other clubs, is accused of sexual abuse by a number of former players, including Andy Woodward, the whistleblower in the current scandal.

Around 20 ex-players have now come forward with allegations of sexual abuse, although not all of the allegations involve Bennell. The Football Association is conducting an internal review of the claims and Fifa, world football's governing body, has said he is monitoring the situation.

Bennell was jailed for four years in 1994 for a raping a British boy on a tour of Florida, and was then jailed for nine years in 1998 for a total of 23 offences against six individuals in England.