'Crewe Alexandra were advised by the police to sever their ties with Barry Bennell but continued to employ him for a number of years despite being warned they should “move him on”, the Football Association’s independent inquiry into the sexual-abuse scandal has been told.
According to evidence seen by the Guardian, the club’s then chairman, Norman Rowlinson, decided to consult the police after he and other directors were warned in the late‑1980s that there had been a specific complaint about their youth-team coach.
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Rowlinson, who died in 2006, is said to have been so concerned during a specially convened meeting of Crewe’s directors that he broke off from their talks to make a telephone call before returning to explain that he had asked the police to run a check on Bennell. Crewe had been warned they were employing a possible paedophile, the inquiry has been told, and Rowlinson is said to have told his colleagues: “I’ve just spoken to the chief superintendent. They’ve got nothing on him but suggest that we move him on.”
Bennell was employed until 1992 when there are contrasting reports about why he left Gresty Road. Crewe’s account is that it was because of football-related reasons.' Guardian