FA chairman regrets ‘appalling’ failure over abuse coach

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London (AFP) The chairman of England's Football Association said Thursday the governing body's failure to respond after a youth coach's conviction for sexually abusing young players was "appalling".

Barry Bennell, who worked for Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City, Stoke City and several junior teams in northwest England, was given a four-year sentence for raping a British boy on a football tour of Florida in 1994 and a nine-year sentence for 23 offences against six boys in England in 1998.

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