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Former Barcelona director accused of harassing children

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Per a recent report carried by Spanish outlet ARA, 60 witnesses have spoken out against Albert Benaiges, a former director at FC Barcelona’s famed La Masia, who is being accused of sexual harassment against children of a school in Barcelona.

He was allegedly involved in these incidents all throughout the ’80s and ’90s during his time as a physical education teacher at the institution, without the club having any knowledge of it whatsoever. According to the report, this is the reason for his parting with the club, which was announced just over a week ago.

Barcelona sacked him after hearing of this just over a week ago. Benaiges returned to the club in April after Joan Laporta was re-elected as president.

ARA’s research into the matter contains some truly harrowing details, and formal complaints that have been made will continue to be investigated over the coming weeks to find out more about the situation.

Football this year, has seen a worrying amount of scandalous events, particularly those pertaining offences of a sexual nature, with Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City under scrutiny for assault and Karim Benzema being found guilty of blackmail.

The report also reveals that many of the alleged victims had been asked to stay silent in the past and carry extremely traumatic memories to this day, which have affected them deeply.

Hopefully, more light can be shed on the situation very soon.

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