Soccer’s baby intercourse abuse scandal: Crewe chairman John Bowler resigns

Barry Bennell

Barry Bennell has been convicted five times and is serving a 34-year sentence

Crewe chairman John Bowler has resigned following the publication of the Sheldon report into historical sexual abuse in football.

The League One club apologised and said they acknowledge “more could have been done to monitor” Bennell.

In a statement, Bowler apologised again to the survivors and said he always intended to resign after the review.

“As the only person left with an association to that era, I truly believe it was important for me to see it through to conclusion,” he said.

Bennell is serving a 34-year jail term for abusing boys between 1979 and 1991 while at Crewe and Manchester City.

Bowler, 84, had been chairman since 1987, having first joined the board in 1980.

Crewe previously said they were not aware of any sexual abuse by Bennell until 1994 when he was first convicted of sexual assault, and did not receive a single complaint about sexual abuse by him.

“I am satisfied with the findings of the…