Bristow's offensive twitter tirade sparks outrage

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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.

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

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.

The victims have been widely praised for their bravery in waiving their anonymity and making their cases public, but Bristow prompted angry responses from dozens of people on Twitter during a hugely insensitive series of posts on Tuesday (AEDT).

Bristow, 59, suggested the victims should have taken to physical violence later in their lives to get revenge on their abusers, while his use of offensive terminology provoked further outrage.


Former England hooker Brian Moore, himself a victim of sex abuse as a child, was scathing on Twitter when alerted to Bristow's remarks.