Family react to claims linking Barry Bennell to former Wales boss
Gary Speed's family have denied that the former Wales boss was ever abused by paedophile Barry Bennell.
They have issued a statement through the League Managers Association, asking for all speculation to end.
Serial paedophile Barry Bennell will be sentenced on Monday for 50 child sex offences.
While some of his victims have now got justice, they also have many questions for the football clubs that should have protected them from him.
Bennell was a scout for Manchester City in the 1980s and a youth coach at Crewe Alexandra, roles that gave him unfettered access to hundreds of schoolboy footballers who dreamed of careers in the professional game.
During Bennell's trial, a witness said Gary Speed was one of four men linked to Bennell as young footballers who had gone on to take their own lives.
Gary Speed's family want the following points made clear:
- Gary Speed was interviewed on two occasions by the police during their investigations into allegations made about Barry Bennell
- On both occasions Gary made it quite clear that he did not know anything about Bennell’s alleged behaviour and also made it clear that Bennell had never behaved inappropriately towards him.
- The police have subsequently made clear that they were satisfied that there was no reason to link the Bennell investigation to Gary.
- The prosecution also made clear at the trial of Bennell that “there was no evidence called at any of the inquests suggesting that [his] death was linked to” Bennell.