Manchester City are launching a compensation scheme worth millions of pounds for victims of historic sex abuse at the club.
It was reported on Monday night that the Premier League club were preparing to compensate former City youth players, the majority of whom were abused by the coach Barry Bennell. As part of a scheme unprecedented in English football, City have pledged also to apologise in person to what is thought to be as many as 40 victims.
The payments will take into account the psychological damage of his acts and the youth players’ potential lost earnings.
Bennell, who is serving a 30-year prison sentence for his crimes, was the perpetrator behind more than three-quarters of the crimes although the club are dealing with other allegations relating to the late John Broome, another former coach.
City launched an independent inquiry into scandal in November 2016 after the former professional player Andy Woodward revealed he had been abused by Bennell, and encouraged others to come forward.