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Barcelona former youth team coach accused of sexual harassment

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Barcelona former youth team coach accused of sexual harassment

Barcelona former youth team coach accused of sexual harassment

Albert Benaiges, the former coach of the Barcelona club’s youth football team, has been accused of sexual harassment by more than 60 former students when he was a physical education teacher at a Barcelona public school. However, Benaiges has denied any wrongdoing. Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez is also surprised and startled by these allegations. Officials in northeastern Spain said they were launching an investigation.

Benaiges, 71 years old, was a key member and former coach of Barcelona youth team training academy from 1991 to 2011, during which the club produced its best players, including Andrés Iniesta and Xavi. Benaiges returned to Barcelona last year after Joan Laporta took over as president, but resigned last week for personal reasons. Barcelona has yet to comment publicly on the investigation.

“I don’t have any information that there has been any type of these episodes, although that does not mean that they did not happen,” Xavi said at a routine pre-match news conference. “He was my coach and I never had any suspicions. I am very surprised and stunned, I didn’t expect it. This is a very delicate, very complicated issue,” Xavi added.

“I have spoken with the coaching staff because we love Albert Benaiges very much. It has surprised us a lot. We always had an excellent relationship, and he left a very good legacy. It is the justice system that will have to decide,” he continued.

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