Man City investigating second person over allegations of child sex abuse
Last Updated: 15/02/18 2:54pm
Manchester City are investigating allegations of child sex abuse against John Broome, who has "potential historic connections" to the club.
City launched a QC-led review in November 2016 to investigate whether former City scout Barry Bennell used the club to facilitate abuse of young footballers.
The probe is also looking at whether any other paedophile may have used their connections with City to commit offences at any point from 1965 to the present day.
Broome is now dead and is not believed to be linked to Bennell, who was found guilty of a total of 43 counts of child sex abuse against 11 victims at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday.
City said they are also continuing to "exhaustively examine" a number of reports of "historic anomalous behaviours".
Following the end of Bennell's trial, City stated: "Firstly, and most importantly, following today's events at Liverpool Crown Court, Manchester City FC offers its heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences they have endured.
"No one can remove their suffering or that of others who suffered sexual abuse as children as a result of their involvement with football. All victims were entitled to expect full protection from the kind of harm they endured."
The statement continued: "The review team has engaged closely and transparently with police investigators and the football authorities throughout the past 15 months. A considerable volume of work has taken place and support workers have been made available for all potentially vulnerable individuals that have been spoken to. Manchester City FC is extremely grateful to all those who have participated in the review so far.
"Whilst Manchester City FC is restricted as to what it can make public at present, the Club can confirm that to date, the Review Team has identified serious allegations of child sex abuse in respect of two identifiable individuals with potential historic connections to Manchester City. One of these individuals is Barry Bennell. The second identified individual - John Broome - is deceased and is not believed to be linked to Bennell.Investigations into Mr Broome and his alleged offences continue.
"In addition to these individuals, the team continues to exhaustively examine a number of reports of historic anomalous behaviours, no matter the level of gravity and strength of potential connection to Manchester City, over a period spanning more than 50 years."
The club said it could not give any more detail about those reports but said it remained in "regular dialogue" with police and the Football Association which is conducting its own widespread investigation into allegations of historical sex abuse.