A former football coach in the UK, Barry Bennell is to appeal against his 31-year sentence for child sexual abuse.

The former Crewe Alexandra youth coach was convicted in February of 50 counts of indecent assault against 12 boys between 1979 and 1991.

He was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court but has now applied to the Court of Appeal to have the term reduced.

The 64-year-old is due to serve 15 years of his sentence in custody, with the rest on licence.

According to BBC Sports, Judge Clement Goldstone in handing down the sentence had described Bennell as the “devil incarnate”.

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