Paedophile coach Barry Bennell hospitalised

The former scout, who worked with a number of football clubs, is receiving treatment having been found unconcious following recent accusations levelled against him in the press

Barry Bennell, the former football coach convicted of sexually assaulting a number of young players, is currently hospitalised after being found unconscious on Friday.

Previously affiliated with clubs such as Crewe Alexandra and Manchester City, Bennell has been at the centre of a shocking sex abuse scandal in recent weeks, with a number of former players - including ex-Sheffield United player Andy Woodward - waiving anonymity to reveal they were abused by him.

Child abuse the worst-kept secret in football

Woodward’s whistleblowing has subsequently led to a startling number of allegations of sex abuse within football, with ex-England international Paul Stewart perhaps the highest profile player to claim he was abused. Stewart was not a victim of Bennell but claims his unnamed abuser knew of his crimes against children.

Police have confirmed that they were called to an incident on Friday night following a report of concern for welfare in Stevenage, and Bennell is understood to be undergoing treatment in hospital.

“Police officers attended an address in Knebworth Park, Stevenage just before 11pm on Friday in connection with a fear for welfare incident,” the Daily Mail quotes a spokesman as saying.

“A 62-year-old man was located and was taken to hospital in order to receive medical treatment, where he remains.”

Bennell, 62, has previously been convicted of sexual abuse, with his crimes emerging in 1994 after a tour of the United States.

He was convicted of assaulting young footballers within Crewe's academy in the UK in 1998 and sentenced to nine years in jail.