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Barry Bennell: Ex-football coach appears in court by video

Barry Bennell in 1991
Image caption Barry Bennell, pictured in 1991, worked at Crewe Alexandra

Former football coach Barry Bennell has appeared in court via video link, from Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes.

The 63-year-old spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and to say that he understood 21 fresh charges which have been made against him.

Mr Bennell will face a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on 3 July accused of 41 sex abuse charges in total.

The former Crewe Alexandra youth coach pleaded not guilty to 20 child sex offences during a hearing in March.

The hearing on Wednesday related to 18 counts of indecent assault, two of serious sexual assault and one of attempted sexual assault.

These new charges are against four boys aged under the age of 14 and 16 and are alleged to have taken place between 1983 and 1991.

Mr Bennell has also worked as a coach at Manchester City, Stoke and junior teams in north-west England and the Midlands.