The former coordinator of the football club Barcelona base football Albert Benaiges has been denounced for having allegedly abused minors during the 38 years that he worked as a physical education teacher at the Escola Barcelona in the Barcelona neighborhood of Les Corts. According to an investigation carried out by the newspaper Ara, a student from Benaiges has filed a complaint against him this Friday. According to the Catalan newspaper, dozens of victims will file complaints in the coming days.
FC Barcelona has not wanted to assess the information and has limited itself to confirming that Benaiges “dissociated himself” from the club a week ago alleging “personal reasons”. The article of Ara collects testimonies from several students of the Escola Barcelona who denounce that the former Barça youth football coordinator had repeatedly masturbated in front of them and had touched them and induced them to engage in sexual games in the gym, the showers or their home.
Benaiges was Barça’s grassroots coordinator for 20 years and had returned to the club in April after Joan Laporta won the elections. The Catalan newspaper has contacted Benaiges before publishing its report. He has denied having touched minors but has warned that he would not “repeat anything” of what he did at that time. The Mossos will now have to investigate the complaints that predictably, according to the Ara, they will begin to appear at the police station.
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