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Soccer coach at center of English abuse scandal hospitalized

The coach at the center of English soccer's sex abuse scandal has been hospitalized.

Barry Bennell, a former youth-team coach with professional clubs who was convicted on three separate occasions for abusing youngsters, was reportedly taken to a hospital on Friday.

Thames Valley Police say "a 62-year-old man was located and was taken to hospital in order to receive medical treatment, where he remains."

Bennell was convicted in 1995, 1998 and 2015. But over the last two weeks, there has been a renewed focus on Bennell as former professional players have publicly discussed the abuse they suffered.