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Football sex abuse claims: More former players speak out

Left to right: Jason Dunford, Steve Walters, Victoria Derbyshire, Chris Unsworth, Andy Woodward

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Victoria Derbyshire spoke to (L-R) Jason Dunford, Steve Walters, Chris Unsworth and Andy Woodward

Four ex-footballers have appeared together in an emotional interview to tell of their torment after being abused as children by a coach.

Andy Woodward, who was the first to go public last week, wept as Chris Unsworth and Jason Dunford spoke for the first time of being abused by ex-Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell.

Mr Unsworth said he “never told a soul” that he was raped up to 100 times.

Barry Bennell, 62, has served three jail sentences for child sex offences.

Since Mr Woodward’s story emerged, several ex-players have made allegations about being sexually abused by coaches as children – a number of them by Bennell, who is currently living in Milton Keynes.

A dedicated NSPCC hotline – 0800 023 2642 – set up after the abuse claims came to light, received more than 50 calls within its first two hours.

Mr Unsworth, 44, said he had decided to waive his right to anonymity and speak out after his girlfriend showed him an interview on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme with ex-Crewe player Mr Woodward.

Mr Unsworth told Victoria Derbyshire: “I thought I’ve got to come forward… and help everybody.”

He had been a youth player at Manchester City with Bennell before moving to Crewe with him when he was about 12 in the mid-1980s.

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Media captionChris Unsworth: ‘Still, I’m re-living things’

He said he had stayed at Bennell’s house several times and Bennell sometimes had two or three boys in the bed at once, where he would abuse them.

“We never spoke to each other about it,” Mr Unsworth said. “I was raped between 50 and 100 times.”

He said he had been nine years old when the abuse started.