Shocking child abuse claims to be reviewed by under-fire Crewe Alexandra

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Allegations that the club were aware of Barry Bennell's abuse have surfaced and the League Two side have promised to investigate

Crewe Alexandra have launched an independent review into claims of historical child abuse against a coach previously employed by the club.

Former Manchester City winger David White and ex-Crewe Alexandra players Andy Woodward and Steve Walters have accused former Crewe employee Barry Bennell of abusing them when they were young footballers.

Child abuse is football's worst-kept secret

The League Two club has confirmed it will be reviewing how it investigated serial paedophile Bennell, who is accused of abusing boys throughout his coaching career, amid numerous allegations the club knew more than they have publicly admitted.

"The club is determined that a thorough investigation takes place at the earliest opportunity and believes an independent review, to be conducted via the appointment of external legal counsel, is the correct way forward in the circumstances," Crewe said in a statement, which did not name Bennell.

Bennell was sentenced to nine years in prison in 1998 after he admitted sexual offences against six boys and the 62-year-old has since been handed a further two sentences for charges relating to child abuse. 

Former England international Paul Stewart has also told of how he suffered abuse at the hands of an unnamed coach as a young player, with Stewart revealing this abuser used Bennell's crimes in an attempt to legitimise the incidents.

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