Crewe agrees to pay to victim of former youth trainer Barry Bennell
- A victim of pedophile Barry Bennell receives compensation from Crewe
- Bennell has been imprisoned for 31 years for crimes against boys from eight to fourteen years old
- Crewe initially fought against people who had been abused by the former youth coach
Crewe Alexandra has agreed to pay compensation to a victim of imprisoned pedophile Barry Bennell.
The League Two outfit appears to have made a significant u-turn after initially fighting claims from those who were abused by their former youth coach.
Crewe pays the victim a settlement and will do the same to more of their former players who have fallen victim to Bennell, who was locked up for 31 years last year for ill crimes committed against 12 boys between the ages of eight and fourteen.
Crewe Alexandra has agreed compensation with a victim of former coach Barry Bennell
Their move comes after Manchester City, another former Bennell employer, has announced that they will make payments to victims instead of going to court.
Dino Nocivelli, from Bolt Burdon Kemp, represented the player, who is now forty. He said: & # 39; We had to put Crewe in a corner after they used every tool at their disposal to fight this case. As a result, I had to bring a case to the Supreme Court to finally put pressure on to do the right thing. & # 39; Mr. Nocivelli represents a number of other victims and now hopes for & # 39; a domino effect that will do justice to and close off so many survivors who have been hoping for the same & # 39; for decades.
He added: & # 39; What we are talking about here is a hit and run. Crewe continued to drive after these violations and only now, kicking and screaming, he stood for the truth. & # 39;
Mr. Nocivelli added that Crewe has refused to apologize to the victim they reached an arrangement with. & # 39; That lists their behavior everywhere, & # 39; he said.
The money for the payout is supposed to come from Crewe's insurers. A Crewe spokesperson said: "The club does not consider it appropriate to comment on individual cases being handled by its insurers, except to reiterate its sincere regret for Barry Bennell's abuse and her deepest condolences to the victims and survivors & # 39;
Crewe is confronted with a number of other claims in the Supreme Court.
Bennell, 65, was sentenced last year for 50 graves of child abuse involving 12 boys whom he coached in the Juniors of Crewe and Manchester City from 1979 to 1991. A judge described him as & # 39; purely bad & # 39; and & # 39; the incarnate devil & # 39 ;.
Despite the payout, Crewe refused to give an apology to Bennell's victim
Dozens of others have reported being abused by him after the victim Andy Woodward spoke to The Guardian in November 2016 about his abuse by Bennell.
In a speech on ITV News the victim, now in his 40s, said about his settlement: & # 39; It's good news, but it hasn't been silenced yet. And there is still no apology, but what do we expect from it? & # 39;
& # 39; I prefer no compensation, and this never happened to me. What happened, this compensation will never give me back my youth, and for this so-called & # 39; family club & # 39; to drag myself and others through this and lead us through this – the stress and anxiety no it doesn't make it really good. It is a step in the right direction, but no, I will never get my youth back, no matter how many settlements. & # 39;
He continued: & # 39; With the settlement, it does indicate what kind of responsibility has been somewhat removed, so that is a step in the right direction. Can they do more? Yes, an apology – not just for me.
& # 39; Would I like an apology? Yes, but especially for me and I have determined this from day one, my parents since I told them two and a half years ago, it absolutely destroyed them.
& # 39; They feel guilty and they have nothing. … they shouldn't feel guilty. They brought me to the club and it was their responsibility to take care of me and it is clear that we all know this did not happen, so I would have liked an apology for my parents and that is not going to happen. & # 39;